Planned Policy For The Designer.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Planned Policy For The Designer.
On this post I would like to share some points on the topic of planned policy for mold designers. The problems which I faced in the unorganized way of working, makes me to think and write about this topic briefly.
“Experience teaches that in all branches of human activity, no matter whether manual or intellectual work is involved; only a systematically planned method of working can guarantee success in the shortest possible time”. I want to remember a quote here "Quality is never a accident it’s a result of planning, teamwork and a commitment to the excellence". These three elements comprise to form an organized way of working to achieve the result of quality. Quality means satisfaction, satisfaction gives business, business gives money, and money is the Wealth.
My previous employer adopted their own Systematic work flow in 90’s itself! But some of the well known mold making industries doesn’t have Systematic working (SWF) even in the present days. I know, Fresh startup industries cannot adopt the planned policies in the initial stages, but by time and experience the Industries can prepare and follow their own systems & policies in their Work flow.
It is possible, of course, to advance arguments against the systematic method. The first question will be, is it a practical approach? Some of the latest manufacturing processes like LEAN are already implemented in the bigger manufacturing industries. Why not the systematic method in mold making industries?
Yes, of course SWF has its own merits and demerits in various operational levels. Against all hurdles SWF have proved its flexibility over time. Systematic methodology is applicable in all the functional departments of a mold making industry but the key departments which very much in need of SWF are Engineering Design and Project.
“:Systematic Project Planning is the process for determining where an individual or organization is going, how they are going to get there and how they will know if they got there or not.” Most of the molds making industries have realized the need of systematic planning and implemented Technical Project planning up to certain extent, yes! For mold manufacturing industries its enough to have the systems in limit. After all the Profit not only depends on SWF
Another department essentially needs SWF is CAD and CAM. As I said earlier SWF clearly determines where, how and who made mistake .Naturally Designer is the one who fears that systematic work plan might force him into Procrustean bed that he can never escape. But the real fact is ,the designer works consciously in the initial stages and then works unconsciously as their mastery increases in the methods which they use. Ultimately there is no need of intellectual knowledge to prove the results. HRM can face SWF in another dimension! A good designer may get charged for not following the system of that particular industry in any corner of his work. At the same instant an ordinary talented designer may be rewarded for his commitment to the systems. This can be easily clear out by a right person with good human relations. After all Design is not an activity of piecework.
When methodically planned thinking become a habit with him or her .he or she will be able to work more freely. In other words “what ever the project, u can simply say. If U follows this, u will get this and there is no need of intellectual thinking in most of the cases”.
The designers must have to clearly understand how SWF plays a vital role in the Tool cost.
Tool cost = Tool price + Design Errors + Manufacturing Errors based on design + Repairs
By introducing SWF the Errors and Repairs can be minimized and increases the profit.
The over all work plan of a mold designer is highly integrated with manufacturing, process and tool cost. Thus for Mold designing there cannot be a common SWF, The systems have to be designed according to the factors that related to the specific organization.
Peoples might have a question what is the exact role of SWF in profit? It’s simple philosophy!
The synergetic way of thinking, working and communicating will leads to a particular point, “quality & commitment” and that leads to the sustainability of the organization. Any way We have to admit that the Profit and quality is not only achieved by the systems. Its all belongs to the peoples and their commitment who worked behind it.
Reference: Engineering design a systematic approach by matousek

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