Turns out you can't. Many test partners will back out if your TRD isn't complete. Even if they entertain your project, your need is evolving alongside product development and not completely determinable on day one. Actually, you do need to be involved but it's unclear how much, or when.
So, you get a universal test system. It's great on paper, with everything you could ever need. But actually, you won't need half of the features that cost more than you'd like to admit. And it needs custom work for the niche functionality that sets your product apart.
This one is true, in the short term. But without a partner helping you at the enterprise level, disparate test solutions developed by various partners lack standardization and documentation. You'll likely spend more supporting these systems than you paid for them.
We've implemented Hiller Measurements Flow Control, a proven process that moves from static cell to moving manufacturing line to standardize processes and lean out production.
We've found that by making significant changes in the engineering design process and offering fewer but better value-added options, we can deliver custom solutions without the burden of starting every design from scratch. Ultimately, we deliver a better cost experience and risk-mitigated options.
Hiller Measurements Flow Control design and manufacturing process hinges on offering you premium, risk-mitigated instruments. These proven instruments are carefully selected to offer you reliable performance and cost-effective value. Hiller Measurements Flow Control Preferred Instruments must:
Shifting to an agile software development approach and lean manufacturing allows us to save time, budget, and risk for our customers. We ultimately deliver higher quality products, at a lower cost, on deterministic schedules.
President, Hiller Measurements
This approach allows us to offer the instruments that have proven themselves as the best options, and use processes that keep systems moving through production rather than adding risk and variables to each project.
VP Sales, Hiller Measurements
In order to deliver quality at speed, physically mitigating measurement science risk is our first priority. Before a contract is set, Hiller's engineering teams begin the identification, logistics, and plan to vet new instruments, measurements, and innovation at the bench level on the way to a program's Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Once a contract is accepted, the assigned program team immediately proceeds with executing the measurement science risk mitigation plan.
HMFC takes an aggressive approach to risk mitigation in fundamental areas of test system design. For example, by completing critical design reviews early and using proven instrumentation with Hiller Measurements Flow Control, we're able to identify and mitigate risks quickly.
HMFC recognizes these system design risks as a primary area for organized risk mitigation. We address these risks in a variety of ways:
The HMFC catalog provides an up-to-date design palette of instruments and tools providing the greatest value to our clientele in capability to achieve quality at speed. As part of the HMFC instrument approval process, Hiller Measurements works with each vendor in the catalog to ensure dedicated availability, by implementing our own stocking strategy, a consigned inventory provided by the vendor, or a guaranteed lead time strategy. In this manner, Hiller can minimize the negative impacts of historic part availability delays.
HMFC ensures quality at speed in each type of project (System Design, Build-to-Customer-Print, Instrument Design), defining a proven process for program execution. Central to each design and development stage is a series of reviews, roles, and documentation expectations all meant to ensure seamless communication across the design team, and between the team and the client. Managing expectations, deadlines, and work scope are all critical to delivering quality at speed.