March 14, 2011 11:15 ET

Vulcan GMS Publishes Case Study on How to Be Successful With Concurrent Engineering

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - "Concurrent Engineering is a best practice manufacturers take for granted," said Tom Ray, President of Vulcan GMS (, a supplier of custom radiation protection and lead products. "However, using concurrent engineering, some companies see new-product-development improvements of 5-to-10 percent, while others experience benefits in the 30-to-50-percent range. To understand this difference in outcomes, we looked at our own history working with customers on product-development projects. We were surprised at how clear the patterns of effective behavior are."

According to Dan Rauwald, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Vulcan, the company uncovered a number of factors that customers handled extremely well. "These factors point directly to success with concurrent engineering. The customers who are skilled with these areas move their NPD projects along quickly, with fewer changes. As a supplier of parts for many different products, we are among the first to know when a design needs modification. As a result, we have a lot of experience working with customers striving to get this process right," Rauwald said. 

Rauwald believes the case study Vulcan produced can help OEMs sharpen suppliers' performance when engineering concurrently. "We know from our own improvement efforts that paying attention to these factors enables companies to take better advantage of the potential of concurrent engineering to impact time-to-market and development costs," he said.

"Whether we were looking at management's approach to selecting suppliers, the scope of their checklist regarding a supplier's resources and capabilities, or rating a supplier's ability to adjust to inevitable changes, we found widely differing practices even among companies in the same industry," Rauwald said.

The Vulcan GMS case study, Maximizing Concurrent Engineering: Six Principles for Effective New Product Development, is available for downloading on the company's website,

About Vulcan GMS

Vulcan Global Manufacturing Solutions is a leader in the manufacture of custom radiation safety products made from lead, tungsten, high-density plastics and non-lead metal polymers. ISO 9001/2008 registered, Vulcan GMS is a provider of components and assemblies for some of the world's largest equipment companies. The company specializes in the security, medical, aviation and explosives industries.

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