Consortium Benchmarking Digital product development: WZL awards outstanding use cases

Source: WZL

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At the final conference of the consortium benchmarking “Digital Product Development” in November 2022, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with the Complexity Management Academy and a industry consortium awarded the five best companies in Digital Product Development.

For their outstanding achievements, the companies Claas, Mosca, Vaillant, Wilo and 3M are honoured as “Successful Practices 2022”
For their outstanding achievements, the companies Claas, Mosca, Vaillant, Wilo and 3M are honoured as “Successful Practices 2022”
(Source: WZL)

A benchmarking project initiated by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with the Complexity Management Academy identified particularly successful methods, structures and processes in the systematic implementation and realisation of digital product development. For their outstanding achievements, the companies Claas, Mosca, Vaillant, Wilo and 3M are honoured as “Successful Practices 2022”.

“The five Successful Practice companies have shown how digitalisation of development work can no longer just be planned and discussed, but also properly implemented,” says Prof. Dr Günther Schuh, Chair of Production Systems at the WZL.

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The determination of “Successful Practices” was done in cooperation with a jury of experts from successful international companies, who also provided the consortium for the project. Members of the consortium were Bitzer, BRP-Rotax, Grohe, Hettich Group, Hübner Group, John Deere, Oerlikon, Renolit, Syntegon and the VDMA as a partner of the study.

At the start of the project in December 2021, the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL of RWTH Aachen University, in close cooperation with the Complexity Management Academy and the consortium, first worked out the current challenges in the topic area. These challenges formed the basis for a detailed, written questionnaire study. The companies surveyed as part of the study gave answers about their current state of digital product development. In addition to idea generation, product design and result validation, the organisational and technical prerequisites for the successful digitalisation of product development were also addressed. A total of 115 companies participated in the benchmarking.

An extensive screening of 31 top performers resulted in the eleven most promising candidates, which were presented to the consortium partners during the review meeting in June 2021 to identify the sought-after five Successful Practice companies. The consortium partners visited the selected companies in the period September 2022 to October 2022 and analysed their methods, structures and processes in product and portfolio management on site.

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