Discrete engineering business challenges
Weapons programs, satellites, transportation systems and programs are becoming a complex command chain made of hardware, software, electronic components. These components have their own individual life cycle but still need to cooperate in order to build a coherent and efficient industrial engineering system. None of these systems can afford to fail. This is extremely challenging for these industries which are characterized by highly complex products with long lifecycles (over 40 years), distributed supply chain, extended customer relationships. Market shares and profitability of manufacturers of cars, consumer electronics products, home appliances, and white and brown goods, are continuously under pressure. In today’s volatile market, discrete engineering manufacturers are facing challenges, including technical competence, environmental safety, regulation compliance, and cost pressures arising from a variety of sources. Limited traceability and quality control leads to excessive manufacturing cycle time and the need for repairs.