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Analysis and Improvement of Haldex' Brakes Innovation Processes

Hofvendahl, Mattias LU and Nilsson, Patrick LU (2012) MMK820 20121
Product Development
Abstract
As product life cycles continue to shorten, the importance of having an efficient innovation and product development process becomes increasingly important for any company operating in a competitive market.
The company’s development process model, from the very first product planning phase in which a suitable portfolio of projects is created and maintained via the intermediary phases until the production of the product commences, have to be up to speed and at the cutting edge for the company to be successful.
This thesis is aimed at analyzing and improving the development process model currently used at Haldex. This thesis will present shortcomings, highlight areas worthy of further analysis and will present methods to implement to... (More)
As product life cycles continue to shorten, the importance of having an efficient innovation and product development process becomes increasingly important for any company operating in a competitive market.
The company’s development process model, from the very first product planning phase in which a suitable portfolio of projects is created and maintained via the intermediary phases until the production of the product commences, have to be up to speed and at the cutting edge for the company to be successful.
This thesis is aimed at analyzing and improving the development process model currently used at Haldex. This thesis will present shortcomings, highlight areas worthy of further analysis and will present methods to implement to remedy the unsatisfactory situations. The current development process model, HPMM, is based on ISO 16949:2009 (APQP), which is a widely accepted standard for product development within the automotive industry.
Insight into the development process has been achieved by interviewing key personnel and by analyzing documentation made in recent projects, especially the development process used in the successful development of the ModulT platform, which is the largest project pursued in the Air Disc Brake division in recent times. The development process has also been analyzed by comparison with influential literature and with the process models taught during the authors of this thesis’ education at the Faculty of Engineering, LTH, at Lund University. Potential improvements have been identified through literature, research and discussions.
The results presented in the thesis portrays a company using a carefully devised and well working development process with no major flaws but with the same minor shortcomings that are recurrent in most companies, such as communication mistakes and lack of documentation. This thesis presents recommendations for the different stages of the development process as well as specific methods that support project planning (the Design Structure Matrix method), eases the start-up of new projects and aids in the identification and evaluation of ideas (TRIZ, evaluation matrices). These methods have been thoroughly evaluated and verified within the company so that any presented recommendation is viable for full implementation. A few recommendations have been positively grasped by the company. (Less)
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author
Hofvendahl, Mattias LU and Nilsson, Patrick LU
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organization
course
MMK820 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Innovation Process, Product Development, Automotive Industry, Design Structure Matrix, DSM
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LUTMDN/TMKT 11/5434 SE
language
English
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2439980
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2012-04-17 16:41:28
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  abstract     = {As product life cycles continue to shorten, the importance of having an efficient innovation and product development process becomes increasingly important for any company operating in a competitive market.
The company’s development process model, from the very first product planning phase in which a suitable portfolio of projects is created and maintained via the intermediary phases until the production of the product commences, have to be up to speed and at the cutting edge for the company to be successful.
This thesis is aimed at analyzing and improving the development process model currently used at Haldex. This thesis will present shortcomings, highlight areas worthy of further analysis and will present methods to implement to remedy the unsatisfactory situations. The current development process model, HPMM, is based on ISO 16949:2009 (APQP), which is a widely accepted standard for product development within the automotive industry.
Insight into the development process has been achieved by interviewing key personnel and by analyzing documentation made in recent projects, especially the development process used in the successful development of the ModulT platform, which is the largest project pursued in the Air Disc Brake division in recent times. The development process has also been analyzed by comparison with influential literature and with the process models taught during the authors of this thesis’ education at the Faculty of Engineering, LTH, at Lund University. Potential improvements have been identified through literature, research and discussions.
The results presented in the thesis portrays a company using a carefully devised and well working development process with no major flaws but with the same minor shortcomings that are recurrent in most companies, such as communication mistakes and lack of documentation. This thesis presents recommendations for the different stages of the development process as well as specific methods that support project planning (the Design Structure Matrix method), eases the start-up of new projects and aids in the identification and evaluation of ideas (TRIZ, evaluation matrices). These methods have been thoroughly evaluated and verified within the company so that any presented recommendation is viable for full implementation. A few recommendations have been positively grasped by the company.},
  author       = {Hofvendahl, Mattias and Nilsson, Patrick},
  keyword      = {Innovation Process,Product Development,Automotive Industry,Design Structure Matrix,DSM},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Analysis and Improvement of Haldex' Brakes Innovation Processes},
  year         = {2012},
}