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Created: 27 September 2019

Sharing CE/VE best practices together with 14 different industries @ASML

Created: 18 April 2019

The main goal of the 3rd practitioner networking day was to learn from each other. The main theme: how to manage costs and value in a complex (and changing) environment? 25 participants from 14 different industries exchanged insights, shared best practices – together with ASML’s former Chief Operations Officer Joop van Kessel - and made a tour through ASML’s experience center. This...

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Learn to apply Product Costing

Created: 31 January 2019

If you are in the business of developing and manufacturing products, you need to be cost-conscious. Value Engineering and Cost Engineering (VE/CE) provide cost transparency for products and tools, at an early stage of the development process. VE/CE have become well established business techniques that are applied globally. Various industries such as automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer...

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2nd practioners day

2nd practitioners networking day

Created: 30 November 2018

Last month, Vanderlande and Tarlunt organized a second practitioners networking day for cost and value engineers from the Benelux. The main theme was: what’s the future of cost and value engineering? Seventeen participants from various manufacturing companies exchanged insights, shared best practices and exchanged personal experiences. This successful event was kindly hosted by Huub Ehlhardt at...

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Checklist should costing

Checklist switching to should costing

Created: 15 November 2018

Procurement matters! In many industries the procurement quote (=% of supply costs) is well over 50% of the total costs. Especially in product-related procurement, the supplier contribution to the end products is often crucial. This blog provides an alternative – should costing-  to the traditional procurement approach and offers a checklist to determine when it is better to consider switching...

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Value big

What is the real value (in Life)

Created: 26 October 2018

It is our natural tendency to weigh cost against value. But how do we know if we are using the right unit of measure (UOM) in doing so, and how do we measure this value? The standard approach is that we translate all different aspects of the functional equation to hard currencies (e.g. dollars, euros) to obtain a total calculation and understand the impact of each aspect. But can we translate...

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Less different components in a product can save €1000 per year per component on overhead costs

Created: 5 October 2018

Most organizations tend to bring back inefficiency over time, primarily by driving out costs. The main area of focus here is bringing down the piece price of components. Another strategy, easily overlooked, would be limiting the number of different components in a product; this can save €1000 per part number per year on overhead costs. Consider which activities are needed for each...

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Sustainable Packaging

5 simple tips for sustainable product packaging

Created: 12 September 2018

Producing less waste is good for the environment, we all know that. At home we may express environmentally friendly behavior by putting a "no-no sticker” on our door, or taking a shopping bag to the store. But how can industries reduce packaging and transport and contribute to sustainability at the source? Here are 5 simple tips for sustainable product packaging, applying value and cost...

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5 Success factors in Harvesting NPI

Successfully harvesting New Product Ideas: 5 key success factors

Created: 29 August 2018

"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." This famous quote was given by Lee Iacocca, one of the icons within the global automotive industry. With this quote, he addressed one of the main challenges that almost every company -from local start-up to global enterprise is facing: how to “harvest” brilliant ideas into successful new...

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Mass customization

Mass customization: the art of being unique in an affordable way

Created: 3 August 2018

Over a century ago we saw the start of the victory march of mass production. Henri Ford uttered famous words about his cars that became the embodiment of this era and that unleashed a revolution that brought consumer goods within reach of Joe Public: “You can have it in any color, as long as it’s black.” Mass production: large series of uniform products, enabling production at low...

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