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Engineering Change Management

Engineering Change Orders (ECO) are documented descriptions of changes required to a manufactured product or component.  ECO’s can also be placed for changes to documentation or procedures.

 

Best practices in manufacturing dictates that all changes be well documented and a structured approval and implementation process be followed.

 

Organizations that do not properly digitize and automate their Engineering Change functions suffer from inefficient and costly work processes. Oftentimes, work is repeated due to poor communication or incorrect components being used, thus causing more work and increased customer dissatisfaction.

Challenges

The following are some of the main challenges faced when using a manual Engineering Change Process:

 

  • Lack of integration with financial and inventory systems leads to data duplication, errors and longer delivery times.
  • Inability to easily refer to past Engineering Changes in order to speed up similar projects.
  • No thorough cost justification process due to a lack of collaboration amongst sales, finance, merchandising and other departments.
  • Inefficient and time consuming manual reporting due to a high reliance on tools like Excel.

Solution

Intellera has the expertise needed to quickly provide solutions for companies that are seeking to streamline and automate their Engineering Change Process.

 

Our expertise in Engineering Change Management improves our client’s capabilities:

 

  • Easy to use forms to capture critical information including the description, part numbers, component names and associated schematics.
  • A detailed table containing the names of the people or departments involved or affected by the change.
  • An automated method of finding historical Engineering Change Orders that match new ones, to avoid unnecessary costs.
  • Audit trails ensure that you always know the details of each Engineering Change Order.

Benefits

Everyone on the same page

If a component is replaced late in the manufacturing process, it is critical that your purchasing department be aware of this, otherwise they will continue ordering out of date components. An automated system will ensure that everyone is continuously up to date.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Depending on your industry, you may have strict regulatory guidelines to follow. Using an automated Engineering Change Process ensures that you have a full history of changes including when they occurred and who approved them.

 

Centralized Document Repository

Images, diagrams, and schematics are stored in a central location and are indexed and versioned. This minimizes errors and delays in the production process.

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