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Design reviews are integral to any process of designing and developing new products, with an emphasis to reduce risks, avoid unnecessary iterations and increase program success. One of the most obvious benefits of effective design reviews is improvement in engineering productivity. Engineers spend a significant amount of time to address and correct errors identified in late stages of product development. A comprehensive design review process helps towards error-proofing the design process.

While reviews provide clear value, most companies have an informal, ad-hoc and an inconsistent review process - from the initial kick-off and preliminary design stage to tooling and production.

Without a formal set of specific requirements and guidelines especially for non-functional requirements, the reviews are often time-consuming, resulting in relatively less actionable feedback for the design team. And given today's increasingly complex supply chain and manufacturing landscape, if a particular supplier makes design changes and applies control to a particular design, the ramifications for organizations are clear: Lack of design standardization leads to supplier lock-in issues and significant cost overruns.

These problems typically stem from inadequate and informal review process between the design teams and SMEs in manufacturing departments or with suppliers. With this in mind, we will demystify a robust design review process during the webinar.

About the Presenter:
Vikram Bhargava
Vikram is a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and past chairman of its product design and development division. He recently retired as the director of mechanical engineering services at Motorola Solutions in Holtsville, NY. He has over 40 years of experience in product design, development, manufacturing and management, especially in plastics. He is currently authoring a book on Holistic Product Design to be published by Hanser in 2015. He holds or has pending over 21 US and International patents.

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