Digital Transformation of New Product Introduction (NPI) Process @ Smart Embedded Computing

When Smart Embedded Computing, one of the leading embedded computing companies in the world, decided to digitize and improve New Product Introduction (NPI) and Sustaining Engineering processes they turned to Cambrian Lab for a workflow driven solution that could support cross-functional New Product Introduction, Sustaining Engineering, and Component Engineering processes effectively. The focus of the program was to design and support

  1. Smooth new product introduction process that spans different functions of the global organization
  2. Effective and effortless engineering change coordination and implementation
  3. Reduced supply chain risk via effective component engineering processes
  4. Seamless integration of customers and suppliers as part of the NPI and Sustaining Engineering processes
  5. Replacement of multiple applications that required extensive support and integration
 
Digital Transformation of New Product Introduction (NPI) Process @ Smart Embedded Computing

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Overview

Smart Embedded Computing, previously, Artesyn Embedded Computing, is a leader in the design, manufacturing and support of embedded computing products used by leading organizations in telecommunications, data centers, manufacturing, and other mission critical industries. When Smart Embedded Computing needed to move to modern New Product Introduction and Sustaining Engineering processes as part of the move to SAP they turned to Cambrian Lab solutions.

The scope of the program included many end-to-end processes, including

New Product Introduction

  • New Prototype Release and Build Process
  • New Part Request
  • Release to Production
  • End-of-life Process

Sustaining Engineering

  • Engineering Change Request
  • Engineering Change Order and Implementation

Component Engineering

  1. New Component Manufacturer Request
  2. Component Change Request
  3. Product Change Notice (PCN for Components) Analysis
  4. Component End-of-life Analysis

 

 

Integration to SAP

Fundamental to digitizing and improving NPI, Sustaining Engineering, and Component Engineering processes was seamless integration to SAP for master data creation and synchronization as well as using purchasing and inventory information to support decision-making as part of various business processes. The solution leveraged ZFlow’s deep SAP integration capabilities to support wide-spread interoperability with SAP as part of different NPI, Sustaining Engineering and Component Engineering processes. Below are some examples of interoperability with SAP.

 

Creating Materials and BOMs as part new product releases and ECOs

 

 

Creating or Updating Approved Vendor/Manufacturer in SAP

 

 

Process workflow calling SAP to get Demand Information

 

Integration of Customers and Suppliers as part of Workflows

ZFlow is unique in the way it allows customers and suppliers to participate in cross-functional workflows. In the example below, customers are notified as part of the ECO process.

 

Summary

With Cambrian Lab solutions Smart Embedded Computing is able to adopt and support true concurrent engineering and NPI processes across the global organization to achieve

  1. Smooth new product introduction process that spans different functions of the global organization
  2. Effective and effortless engineering change coordination and implementation
  3. Reduced supply chain risk via effective component engineering processes
  4. Seamless integration of customers and suppliers as part of the NPI and Sustaining Engineering processes
  5. Replacement of multiple applications that required extensive support and integration