2.Information Gathering3.Defining the function of Product4.Exploring Alternatives5.Recommendations/presentation to top management6.Implementation7.Follow-up
Technique of VA/VE
VA/VE require creative thinking and speculation of new alternatives. This is achieved by:-BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS:Where questions similar to following are considered:-
Use a ‘standard’ part/product?
Is it oversized?
Is it over weight?
Can an inferior material be used?
Can the design be simplified?
If you buy it from outside, will it cost less?
Can the ‘tolerances’ be increased?
Can the function be performed by cheaper alternative? etc.
Difficulties/Hardwares in implementing VA/VE
Resistance to change
Lack of motivation
Lack of patience
Lack of knowledge about the construction & function of theproduct.
Difficult to get the Team to meet.
Lack of initiative.
“Let someone else try it first” – attitude.