New materials such as carbon fiber are finding new areas of application in the automotive industry. Its high strength and light weight help car makers meet their mileage, emissions and safety objectives. Introducing new materials and processes is always a major challenge. As a key player in the industry, Magna had committed to supplying hoods for Cadillac’s V-series vehicles using carbon fiber. There were variant materials and process factors, both for Magna and at their supplier, that had to be considered. The multitude of possible combinations of materials and process factors was astonishing.
Predictum provided expertise and guidance to a team of experienced engineers who needed to sharpen some of their analytical skills and practices to move their project forward. Predictum provided specialized training and statistical support in the area of design of experiments. We also provided a computer-based system to organize and link their activities using the “Plan-Do-Study-Act” format. This allowed them to see both the forest and the trees across the many trials and experiments which were conducted.
The result was that Magna introduced its product on time, delivering the required volumes to its customer. Today, the Magna team continues to use the practices they learned from the project, which has contributed to substantial, ongoing improvements in productivity and quality. Magna was recognized by JEC Americas for their innovations, which were developed from this project.
To find out more about Magna’s award-winning innovations, see its press release.