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Managing Risks During Project Management

Managing Risks During Project Management

There are many sources of risk in a project, such as change in scope, resource constraints, material constraints, incorrect estimates, misalignment of expectations, etc.  The ability to manage those risks is one of the ten mandatory competencies every project manager must have.

Opinion: Consider leasing/renting.

Opinion: Consider leasing/renting.

Chiller systems operating below freezing usually come with a significant initial investment, but may only be used during thermal cycling durability testing of new R&D projects. Purchasing a large system like this could tie up a capital budget that could be used for other investments to help win more business.

Is it better to outsource your testing?

Is it better to outsource your testing?

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you want to increase efficiency and capability but your testing equipment scope is compromised by a yearly budget. It can be frustrating, but there are other options and here we will discuss one of them. Let’s explore the benefits of outsourcing your component testing and whether it makes sense for you.

Safety Functions your Test System NEEDS to Have

Safety Functions your Test System NEEDS to Have

As we know, testing is imperative to ensuring that powertrain components perform to the expectations of the end consumer. That said, this is not always a safe process.

Machines used to verify component performance are quite powerful and can present safety risks along with them. As a manager, you don’t want to see any members of your team hurt. As an operator, you want to make it home every night as healthy as you were when you left. This is why we are highlighting the most important safety functions to have built into your testing equipment.

In-house vs Custom Engineered vs Modular Test Stands

In-house vs Custom Engineered vs Modular Test Stands

In a world where development cycles are moving faster than ever before, OEMs are simultaneously pushing some of the biggest engineering initiatives automotive has ever seen. This is why having the right testing solution is so important. The first question arises: whether or not to build internally, custom engineer or order a turn-key test system.

Exploring Additive Manufacturing

Exploring Additive Manufacturing

We started with two questions: Are automotive companies researching and testing additive manufacturing? If so, then what steps are they taking to implement this into their projects going forward? UW's Lisa Brock informed of the several industry-leading companies that are currently conducting case studies and even implementing additive manufacturing to their portfolio.

Defining a Measurement Circuit for Oil Pumps

Defining a Measurement Circuit for Oil Pumps

"The automotive industry will see more change in the next 5-10 years than it has in the last 50," said GM CEO Mary Barra during her 2016 CES keynote. Why is this relevant to you? Well, if you are responsible for manufacturing engines and/or the components within it, then it means many modifications, not a lot of time to implement them and new forms of testing.