One of the world leading manufacturer of elevators.
Re-use approach was inefficient, and design rework for each new product generated avoidable costs and development time.
Every high-rise project required a high level of customization, due to :
- Building (customer) specificities
No global modular approach to address these customization challenges while developing common components.
The customer context led CESAMES to the development of a Product Line approach based on independent modules.
Here are the 4 main phases that we followed:
Definition of Standard Interfaces, and decoupling strategies for all components (interfaces fixed, and defined for several sets of constraints),
Development of a modular architecture, based on a a few platforms, independent modules, enabling the development of new products by combination of modules,
Standard and capacitive Interfaces
Modular architecture definition, highlighting standard and customized components
Product Philosophy : “Standardize what’s hidden, Customize what’s visible”,
Setting up of an Out-ot-cycle governance, managing portfolios, defining and developing out-of-cycle processes.
- Modularization of the whole architecture : 3 platforms, ~100 modules and ~1000 modules variants.
- This new approach has led to savings :
- Recurring cost reductions between 15 and 30%, depending on the different platforms,
- Time to market reduction, between 10 and 40% (all platforms),
- Reduced development effort between 5 and 40% (all platforms).