Continued from Calsonic Kansei Steps Up In-house Knowhow Sharing (1)
Clarification of inputs and outputs
Narita: Simple workflows are defined in the CAES, a manual for technology standards, which we have been using. However, it is about each designer's work and does not comprehensively cover the initial stage of development to volume production.
The EWMs that can be used on the intranet defines the entire workflow at level 1 so that the relation between the tollgate (for quality check) of customer's development process and the tollgate of Calsonic Kansei's development process is clarified for each of our main customers. Development processes that have to be done before passing through each tollgate can be seen. When the user drills down on it to go to level 2, related sectors are shown with descriptions about what kind of work has to be done with which sector.
Then, if a designer drills down on it to go to level 3, it shows what the designer's sector should do. It clarifies what kinds of inputs are needed and what kinds of outputs have to be generated until when.
One of the features of the EWM is this clarification of inputs, outputs and work processes. We made this feature in consideration of non-Japanese engineers who use it in overseas development bases. It is difficult to give instructions to overseas engineers just by saying, "Do this work." That's why we clarified inputs and outputs.
After drilling down on the level 3 to go to level 4, you will find tasks and procedures for each of those engaged in development. At this level, there are links to the CAES to be referred to, and computation tools for designing can be directly opened.