The Farmer Group’s team of expert engineers, managers and manufacturing professionals bring a diverse set of skills together to best coordinate product, process, equipment and facility in a new model program. With professional and technical resources The Farmer Group is prepared to address a broad scope of consulting and management engineering services to help integrate facility and process equipment with the product requirements required to bring a launch program to Job No.1 and beyond while maintaining predetermined quality and timing targets.

APQP Support

  • Design & Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Control Plans
  • Measurement Systems
  • SPC
  • Process Drawings
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Problem Solving
  • Concern Resolution | Root Cause
  • Design of Experiments
  • TS16949 | ISO Support

New Model Launch

  • Coordinate On-Site Product Engineering Support
  • Verify and Report Product Engineering Changes Status Coordinate Pre-Production Design Freezes
  • Product Concern Resolutions
  • Institute Control Plans to Incorporate Product/Process Design Audits into Launch Plans Coordinate On-Site Supplier Involvement
  • Monitor “High Risk” Suppliers To Surface
  • Minor/Major Risk Items
  • Drive For Resolution of Concerns Involving Carry-Over Parts
  • Provide Verification of Process Capability for New Product Features
  • Implement “Best-Plant” Processes
  • Coordinate and Report on Styling, Trim and Color Reviews
  • Training, Programs to Achieve Launch Readiness Coordinate And Report on Vehicle Drive Evaluations Verify and Report on Vehicle Environmental Readiness Verify and Report on Vehicle Electrical Readiness and Anomaly Checks
  • Verify and Report on Vehicle Craftsmanship

New Model Launch – Task Descriptions

  • Provide experienced launch personnel to work under the Owner’s direction or assemble qualified launch specialists to perform specific launch functions. Assemble, develop and keep current the program team contact, responsibility and timing matrix.
  • Measure launch progress against predetermined targets such as build schedules, testing dates, material required dates and others.
  • Monitor and report engineering change requests and how they affect launch timing and program risk.
  • Implement and maintain the discipline reporting system including robust follow-up on a regular basis.
  • Track part reworks for both in-plant and supplier rework progress and associated quality.
  • Support and maintain design freeze targets. Continually inform team members of upcoming freeze dates and create an item concern matrix to alert certain members of the product design, suppliers, or assembly plant management of their status to achieve freeze date commitments.
  • Provide rigorous follow-up for late parts. Obtain commitments from suppliers and others to minimize the effect of late parts on launch targets and milestones.
  • Maintain or develop the tracking system to report change requests and concern resolution throughout all build phases.
  • Assist the Launch Team with the vehicle Bill of Materials to follow development from prototype to pre-production to Job No. 1 and beyond. Provide controls that will minimize the effect of an incomplete BOM or utilization of non-approved parts in the build process.
  • Maintain or develop a detailed launch timing schedule that provides event timing for all launch tasks, including task durations and critical event identification.
  • Provide unit vehicle tracking for pre-production builds describing results of vehicle evaluation measurements covering items such as drive evaluations, water test, shake-rattle, cold start, audit values and others.
  • Support the Plant training programs to coordinate personnel training with launch readiness.
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