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Conceptual collaboration early on saves costs
Collaborating with specialists from an early stage in the project always pays off in the end. After all, the early stages of component design are precisely where the power of ideas unveils its strongest effect. Building a team together with the customer’s development specialists and the component experts at Solvaro leads to one thing above all: cost savings for the customer. Which is exactly what happened with the MAN truck fleet.
WORKING TOGETHER FROM THE VERY START PAYS OFF
It’s like so many things in life – putting your heart and soul into something from the outset nearly always leads to a happy ending. Of course, this also applies to the design and production of components made of perforated metal for vehicles and machines. If you take the time to be more thorough at an early stage and find the optimal solution, the further course of the project will yield better results and smoother processes. Sometimes, it can also lead to reductions in series production costs. All that is required is the early combination of the skills of the customer’s component developers with the innovative strength of the designers and technicians at Solvaro. Finishing first drafts together and engaging in intensive, constructive exchange pave the way for improvement – towards that one brilliant idea that ensures that everyone is (even) better off in the end.
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE THE BEST. BUT NOT AT ANY COST
The MAN TGX Truck wasn’t named International Truck of the Year 2021 for nothing. Like the entire TG series, it embodies the desire to be one of the best in the world and carries the lion on its ventilation grille as the king of beasts. The fact that Solvaro ventilation grilles sit below the MAN logo on the TG series is just a small detail – but also a symbol of the successful collaboration between designers and project managers on both the customer and supplier sides.
The task was to jointly optimise 22 components, some of which are produced in large batch sizes. The original plan for the stone guard grilles and bumper grilles was to use hexagonal perforation made of galvanised steel. Braingineer Solvaro jumped aboard at an early stage, offering an alternative solution that enabled considerable reductions in material and production costs.
WHAT SPARKED THE IDEA? A TWO-PART SOLUTION
- The use of larger round perforation instead of small hexagonal perforation.
- The use of standard steel (DC04) instead of galvanised steel (DX54).
THE HAPPY ENDING: QUALITY UP, COST DOWN
- Same air permeability, more cost-effective production
- Cost savings made during procurement through raw material optimisation
- Surface treatment (powder coating) meets rust protection requirements
- Optimisation of the product and processes, high aesthetic quality
It’s just a matter of striving to be better without breaking the bank.
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