Wednesday, October 24, 2018
07:50 Chair’s Remarks
- Ruediger Stern President North America, FACTON
08:00 Standardization, Standards or Framework: Discussing Approaches for the Automotive Supply Industry
- Doug Hicks President, D.T Hicks & Co.
- Evaluating the objectives and motivations of those in the supply chain that are utilizing cost information, and promoting cost structure standardization
- Revealing the positives and negatives of standardization, standards, and frameworks as routes to encourage transparency and collaboration between customers and suppliers
- Discussing as a group the common inhibitors for standardization currently, and takeaways to action back in the office to help support the change
08:40 Optimizing the Use of Cost Estimation to Improve Your Business
- John Monica Internal Business Consultant, Siemens PLM Software
- Understanding cost as essential to your quotation process: how to ensure profitability and avoid mistakes
- How to successfully identify the “should cost” of purchased parts to drive successful negotiations with suppliers
- Discovering how to select the right analytics to drive and improve your business
09:10 Morning Refreshments
09:50 Cost Modeling Fundamentals for Printed Circuit Board Assemblies
- Jeff Miller Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering, Panasonic Automotive Systems
- Exploring printed circuit boards: what are the key cost drivers?
- Discussing manufacturing processes and component technologies for the electronics, and subsequent modeling assumptions you can make
- Revealing tips and tricks to improve your cost modeling process with PCBA
10:30 Stamping and Die Costing throughout the Product Development Cycle
- Pamela Larson President and General Manager, AutoForm Engineering USA
- Exploring the benefits of estimating stamping and die costs early in the process development cycle
- Obtaining cost comparisons based on different manufacturers and facilities
- Discussing methods for quick and easy cost comparisons of different manufacturing processes
10:50 Managing the Diverse Range of Cost Breakdown Structures across Numerous Customers & Suppliers
- Jason Sienko Director – Product Launch, E&E Manufacturing
- Hearing how improved communication between customers and suppliers can help ensure cost breakdowns include the right information in the right format
- Exploring ways to reduce the time spent filling in new forms, and what to do when a form doesn’t align with the data you have on cost
- Determining the potential for standardization between partners and beyond to significantly improve efficiency
11:30 Networking Lunch
12:30 Reducing the Disruption during the Transition to a New Software
- Setting expectations for the deployment of new software: what does the roadmap look like?
- Considering the training and time your staff will need to learn a new tool, while continuing with their day jobs
- Maximizing the benefits and use of the software to retain buyin from staff and executives
Surya Chiravuri, Senior Manager VA/VE, American Axle & Manufacturing
13:10 Audience Discussion: Revealing the True Return of Investment for Modern Costing Software
- Quantifying the time savings of using a dedicated software platform compared to using Excel
- Reviewing the accuracy of cost estimates and quotes compared to traditional methods
- Considering the business case for you: Would your team benefit?
12:30 Case Study: Outlining Best Practices for Estimating & Controlling Costs for Vehicles Beyond Automotive
- Providing an overview of the challenges when working with lower volumes and specialty applications
- Considering how process selection, machine set-up and equipment costs are incorporated as a higher percentage of total costs
- Outlining the state of the supply chain and how quotes and targets are negotiated – how to deal with a limited supply base alongside government audit requirements
Michael Skrzypchak, Director of Cost Management, Oshkosh Corporation
13:10 Panel: Reflecting on Cost Engineering Processes for Lower Volume, Heavy Duty Components
- Determining shared challenges between automotive and other vehicle cost engineering: where can industries best learn from
- Identifying issues that are unique to lower volumes and how to overcome those challenges
- Brainstorming how professionals in the niche non-automotive vehicle market can develop a community to share ideas and improve best practices
Elysse Blank, Purchasing & Supplier Quality Cost Analysis, VA /VE & Special Projects, Webasto
Jessica Koslen, Senior Cost Estimator, MAHLE
Ed Pretzel, President, Collaborative Supply Chains
14:30 Audience Discussion: Benchmarking How the Industry is Gathering, Validating & Storing Cost Data from Multiple Sources
- Mapping out the sources of labor, equipment and material costs across the world: what’s the minimum number of sources that can be used to find everything you need?
- Assessing the trust placed on each source and what to do when sources are inconsistent
- Comparing organizational structures for data gathering: do you have specialists, or is it a shared responsibility of all cost professionals?
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments
15:30 Panel: Benchmarking the Pros & Cons of Alternative Ways Cost Engineers Are Integrated into the Organization
- Tim Newport Director of Cost Estimating, Shiloh Industries
- Frank Dalton Lead Cost Estimator, Visteon Corporation
- Victor Delibera Cost Planning Manager, Conform Automotive
- Understanding why cost engineers may report into engineering, purchasing, finance or elsewhere – and why it matters
- Assessing how departments can be structured to promote internal cooperation and sharing of project data and ideas: are our engineering, purchasing and finance teams working harmoniously together?
- Exploring the optimal job roles and responsibility of a cost engineer: which responsibilities and authority do you hold, and is this optimal?
15:40 Incorporating Lessons Learned from Unsuccessful Bids to Continuously Improve Costings & Win More Business
- Eric Grant Independent Consultant,
- Hearing how feedback on a lost bid is gathered and reviewed: is this done at all? Who is responsible for doing this?
- Tracking information from one feedback meeting to the next bid: how are the lessons stored and remembered?
- Improving staff training and corporate record keeping to ensure that lessons learned are understood by new staff
16:20 Chair’s Closing Remarks
- Ruediger Stern President North America, FACTON