AAE’s V-model Implemented at Business Line Advanced Systems

We as AAE are proud to be part of something great! To stay part of something great we have to empower our customers to be the most competitive player in their market. Therefore we have to ensure that we support our customers in a way that allows them to produce in smarter, faster, more stable and cost effective ways.

To ensure the most effective way of developing, producing and testing the high end solutions we offer, we direct our focus to V-model Implementation at Business Line Advanced Systems.

Fig. 1 V-Model AAE (Order/Project Execution Principles)

 

Then: Manageable but not Desirable
AAE used to depend heavily on individuals for company processes to succeed. Processes would run smoothly until the employee was absent. At that moment we would discover that this action was not taken care of by some sort of system or procedure.
Things got done because our people are really engaged an committed to their job or task to do the best for the customer and the company. This way of working has always been manageable, especially when AAE operated on a smaller scale, but not desirable.

 

Now: A new way of working
After some major events within AAE in recent years we realized that the current situation was limiting our potential as a company. Therefore we decided that we needed to implement a new way of working. That way of working would revolve around the V-model.

Therefore we are currently working with project teams throughout the organization to implement our V-model.

For The Business Line Advanced Systems the V-model implementation focusses on build to print projects. In case of build to print projects the design is done by our customer, which means it is their Intellectual Property (IP) as well. Therefore we are responsible to design a production process which is capable of producing the customers design within specification.

 

Implementing Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
For the NPI (New Product Introduction) of build to print orders we are working to implement the APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) process flow within the V-model standard. The main goal of APQP is to invest in a proper and complete introduction of the new product to avoid out of control processes and save operational costs in the future. This result in a lower overall costs.


Fig. 2 Chart containing the comparison between current state and APQP approach, as a function Total Cost of Quality over Time

 

The advantages of APQP are that an even more structured way of working will improve the communication within our internal departments, but also with our suppliers and customers.

 

This Enables us to detect process and quality issues at an early stage before any costly mistakes are made. When the APQP standard is also used to implement and secure (new) process in production it can also make us more aware of the continuous improvement opportunities. A disadvantage of the V-model and APQP is that when it is implemented it is a very rigid process which does not leave any room for any shortcuts.

For AAE the implementation goal is to make use of the V-model and APQP to improve upon our organization. There is only one risk which we should remain aware of: that our processes should not become to rigid. One of our strengths has always been to arrange things quickly and thus be agile. This is also what our customers expect of us. Since one of our goal is to understand customer DNA.

So our objective is to use all components of the v-model and APQP that are going to help us to improve NPI’s and stay agile enough for our customers. If we compare the situation where we came from (being dependent on individuals) and our goal to work according to a standard this means a change in mindset of all AAE employees.

When this mindset is changed and AAE is fully working according to the V-model we are able to reach our ultimate goal of zero defects!

 

‘V-model Implementation at Business Line Advanced Systems’
by Tim van de Ven – Manager Engineering at AAE b.v. 


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