Proper project management is essential in the efficient design and production of industrial products. Without it, miscommunication takes place, timelines run amok and questions go unanswered.
When designing an industrial project, it’s crucial to use a variety of best practices to maintain timelines and work with customers. For example, when presented with an industrial project, use a standard document to start the planning process, adding additional steps as necessary—out Features and Functions Document. We use this documents to gauge customer needs at the beginning of the design process, which ultimately helps refine smaller details and quoting.
The concept stage may require you to consult a “quote reference book” to estimate timeline and cost and also schedule time for learning and creative exploration if the customer needs something that is unfamiliar to the design team. A complete understanding of your customers’ needs and budget is essential in the process. Should a project fall into scope creep, the project manager will take steps to rectify the situation through thorough communication with all involved parties.
HUI’s industrial project manager and engineers deal with two types of projects: design and redesign. Efficient redesign work starts with taking an in-depth look at the current product. During this time, we sort out over-looked information, seek cost-effective solutions and, in some cases, simplify the product’s set up for single person assembly. No matter what the case, we strive to design and redesign better quality industrial solutions while remaining cost efficient and hitting lead times.
It’s a Team Effort
Organization and communication are vital in keeping projects on track. Some project managers may rely on a white board to stay up-to-date, and schedule regular meetings with the operations and production teams to foster open dialogue. To encourage conversation and questions being asked and answered in “real time,” HUI team members work in public rooms instead of cubicles.
A project manager cannot be successful without an excellent team of experienced manufacturing professionals. Our team’s thorough understanding of new project practices and manufacturing enables accurate estimate pricing for various parts, all of which is supported by an approved supply chain that records HUI historical data.
Here at HUI, we understand the importance of proper project management and pride ourselves on our abilities to uphold those ideals. Contact us today to get your industrial project underway.