Improving design for life
In the increasingly globalised world of product development, Valcon specialises in tools for measuring design, and their Six Theta toolbox is proving highly effective for a diverse range of technical enterprises.
Valcon has partnered up with some of the world’s biggest companies with names such as Vestas, Novo Nordisk, Jaguar and Danfoss as part of their client portfolio.
After identifying a ’blind spot’ in product development and design, they came up with Six Theta, a toolbox for measuring and improving compliance in design.
”Very often, high-quality products are delivered, but it can come at a heavy price and end up being very expensive for the business and waste a lot of resources in comparison to using a process where those same products are constructed differently,” explains Janus Juul Rasmussen, Senior Partner at Valcon.
The ability to measure product development efficiency has been an area of neglect. Smaller, more effective design efforts can benefit customers, which can then increase innovation levels, launch more products save money.
And the timing seems to be just right for Valcon.
”The world we live in now is much more globalised, and there is a greater urge for things to be developed and produced anywhere in the world. It is not only about delivering quality. Customers expect products to appear instantly on the market and that creates more pressure. As an enterprise, it is more than possible to say that your own organisation is a world-class leader in something and other enterprises can say the same but that does not make it measureable,” says Janus Juul Rasmussen.
The success of Six Theta means that Valcon is seeing clients achieve an average of 20 percent in cost reduction and in some instances as much as 40 to 50 percent. Implementing the process for a client takes roughly three years.
A Six Theta certification can also be taken at The Technical University of Denmark.
”Technical organisations have long been eager to improve. Rather than looking to the product designers, many resources have been invested in management training and appointment of external consultants,” Janus Juul Rasmussen says. ”A lot of those same companies are really pleased that we are focusing on this area and that is so good to see.”