Case Studies: Documentation Integration Management
A major Fortune 100 industrial manufacturer had purchased
two companies with a combined value of nearly $600M. As part of the integration
process of these geographically disparate companies, all the process
documentation, technical documentation and specifications that define the
acquired companies’ products needed to be updated, converted into common formats
and protocols and, in some cases, created from legacy hand drawings and
sketches, and inserted into the new parent company documentation system.
Each acquired company was using a unique documentation system, a unique part
number scheme, and its own set of engineering specifications and standards. Each
had its own drawing format, standard tolerances, CAD packages and process
documentation that had to be integrated into the manufacturer’s documentation
system. In addition, the part numbering systems and process documentation of the
acquired companies had evolved over time to meet their unique needs without
allowing for outside interface. It was a significant task with changing scope,
changing priorities and a hard deadline, along with serious budget constraints.
The original estimate for the two projects combined, totaled nearly $1M and was
scheduled to take 24 months to complete. The projects included mechanical
drawings and sketches, CAD Drawings in 2D and 3D, electrical schematics, PCB
layouts, test fixtures, test plans, inspection criteria, and process
documentation in various formats.
In addition to completing the projects in less than 14 months, and nearly $100K
under budget, AP Engineering Services helped the customer realize
additional cost savings because of the shortened project duration and improved
efficiency in the manufacturing start up process.
How we did it? Using our experienced, knowledgeable and proactive project
management resources, we were able to complete the project successfully, under
budget, ahead of time and met the customer’s exacting specifications.
What was it? This project required flexibility, a diverse set of
technical skills, a focus on efficiency, and challenging deadlines which
required experienced project management for the project to be successful.
Why it was successful? AP Engineering Services completely defined the
scope of work in terms we all understood, allocated resources carefully, and
used our in-house expertise and resources efficiently to complete the project
early and under budget.