Building Faster and Better <--Nissan Motor Company

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  1. Ronin

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    Nissan Motor Co. is bringing new vehicles to production faster, with better quality, using a development technique that utilizes computer software to solve problems before the design is frozen.

    The development process allowed the automaker to put two Japan-market vehicles, the Nissan Note and Wingroad, into production in 10.5 months after the design was frozen, and with only one production trial. That’s half the time needed in Nissan’s previous development process, says Bob Sump, vice president of component engineering for Nissan in its technical center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

    The new process, which Nissan calls 3-VP, is also used to quicken development of the redesigned Infiniti G35 sedan and G37 coupe. That platform also will be used for the impending Nissan Skyline high-performance car.

    Other automakers are using computer tools comparable to Nissan’s to simulate and repair problems with body designs and manufacturing lines before hard tools are built.


    Nissan’s strategy is to use the computer tools for design and manufacturing as early in the development process as possible, Sump said. That allows the automaker to cut the number of production trials from three to one, and has cut the number of design changes needed after the start of production by up to 75 percent, he said.

    The decrease in design changes leads to fewer prototype vehicles, fewer tooling changes and less validation testing, which leads to reductions in development costs, Sump said.


    The 3-VP name is an abbreviation for Value-Up Innovation of Product, Process and Program. It replaces S-Lot, a short form of Simultaneous Lots, the system Nissan began using in the late 1990s that allowed parallel development process through simultaneous sharing of 3-D data.

    Nissan has moved from a paper-based exchange of knowledge among its engineers to a computer-based exchange. This allows Nissan to use less-experienced engineers to design basic parts of a vehicle, while seasoned engineers can focus on new technologies.

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    AutoWeek

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    I really wish nissan would've just brought the Stagea over in the first place
     
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    Hooray for Finite-Element Analysis!
     

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