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Competitive Level of Change Analysis Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249924D
Publication Date: 2017-May-02
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Competitive Level of Change Analysis

At the moment, there was no defined process to compare and understand the improvements and design changes of two or more competitive vehicles; old vs. new platform, main stream vs. luxury offering (i.e. Regular vs. Premium), regional tailoring (i.e. U.S vs. Argentina version). The solution is to develop an objective procedure to understand the engineering part churn manufacturers use by analyzing their systems, parts and designs, and identifying improvements in part design, cost, and weight. This new information resource provides benchmarking data to support engineering functional teams, cost processes, as well as, current and future vehicle programs. The intention is to perform this analysis at Benchmarking Centers.

Benchmarking Commonality Analysis Process and Methodology

Currently, two kinds of benchmarking teardowns are performed: Non-Costed Teardowns and Costed Teardowns (includes component/subsystem cost estimation). These two global benchmarking analyses are valuable data sources that the Engineering Functions and Vehicle Programs use to drive innovation, improve their products, generate cost/weight reduction ideas, and set targets. The traditional processes which has been using only provide data on weight and cost differences between one company products and competitive vehicles. This novel process takes it a step further to provide high level design analysis in order to understand and quantify the level of change of the competitors. 

The developed process uses the following methodology:

Vehicle specification and feature summary

1)    Comparative Bill of Material (BOM) Analysis

a.     Align part nam...