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By Drive, Inc. on Tuesday 14 February 2012.

We work with numerous companies that functionally separate design and manufacturing. Typically, they are separated geographically and through the reporting structure; not meeting up again until we reach the senior VP level or above. We also observe that the cost savings focus for both groups is kept separate. However, sometimes we have the opportunity to work with the design and manufacturing group cross-functionally to enhance design and improve cost. This process, known as Value Analysis – Value Engineering (VAVE) allows us to realize cost savings that we simply do not get working alone in the functional silos.

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