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Engineering - Technical Niches

Continental Design & Engineering offers a wide variety of design and engineering services. The following lists some of our technical engineering niches. For more information, see our Services and What We Do pages.




Technical Niches
By Engineering Discipline

  • Product Design
  • Product Launch
    • PPAP (Production Part Approval Process)
    • GP-9 (Run @ Rate)
    • GP-12 (Containment)
    • PRR (Problem Reporting & Resolution)
  • Program/Project Management
    • Manufacturing Support
    • Manufacturing (Tool /Process Engineers)
    • Industrial Engineers
    • Supervisors
      • Production
      • Skilled Trades
  • Plant Layout/Facilities Engineer
  • Plant Start Ups/ Relocations
    • Third Party Tool Move Coordinator
  • Engineering Support
    • DOE (Design Of Experiments)
    • FMEA (Failure Mode & Effects Analysis)
    • Gage R & R (Repeatability & Reproducibility)
    • GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing)
    • Quality/Supplier Development Engineer

Technical Niches
By Product Family

  • OE (Original Equipment)
    • Light Duty (Car & Trucks)
    • Heavy Duty (Class 8/Off Road)
  • Remanufactured

Technical Niches
By Location

  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Korea
  • China
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • France

Technical Niches
By Product Line

  • Alternators/Generators
  • Starting Motors
  • Batteries
  • Lighting
    • Forward
    • Signal
  • Transmissions
    • Automatic
    • Manual
  • Chassis
  • Engines
  • Power Generators
  • Electronics

 

Technical Niches Glossary

PRR: (Problem Reporting & Resolution): A formal process initiated after non-conforming parts are discovered at the automotive assembly plants that includes a formal report detailing the problem and its resolution.

GD&T: Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing: A method of insuring that the dimensions and tolerances for different parts are coordinated, so as to insure that multiple parts always fit together properly.

Quality/Supplier Development Engineer: A Quality Engineer that focuses on the initial Quality problems of a new supplier.

OE, also OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer: The manufacturer of original automobiles/trucks (examples: Ford, Gm, etc.) or the parts made for these vehicles. This is contrasted with parts made for service/repairs that are sold to garages or Service Parts companies (NAPA, Autozone, etc.), or with parts that are repaired or rebuilt (remanufactured).

Remanufactured: OEM parts that are repaired or rebuilt and then used again. Examples include Alternators/Generators, Engines and other parts.

Class 8/Off Road: These are vehicles other than passenger vehicles or pickup trucks, such as Delivery Trucks, Fire Engines, Construction Equipment, etc.

Lighting: Forward: Headlamps (high & low beam), turn signals, and other lights on the front of a vehicle.

Lighting: Signal: Lighting on the rear of a vehicle, such as turn signals, stop lights, back-up lights, etc.

AIAG Term Descriptions

Product Launch
Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Defines the generic requirements for production part approval including product and bulk materials, and is based on approval of specific quantities of production parts or production materials taken from the significant production run made with production tooling, processes, and cycle times.

Run @ Rate (GP-9) - Verifies that a supplier's actual manufacturing process, while operating under normal operating conditions, and under Total Customer Requirements is capable of producing Quality components at or exceeding the daily contracted capacity on a sustained basis.

Early Production Containment (GP-12)
Documents the suppliers process control efforts during startup and acceleration, insures that quality issues are identified, addressed and corrected in the supplier's house, and increases involvement and visibility of top management.

Problem Reporting & Resolution (PRR)

Relocations - Third Party Tool Move Coordinator (TMC) - Helps facilitate supplier through tool move process by monitoring tool move progress, coordinating communication to and from customer, monitoring engineering change implementation, assures engineering validations are progressing satisfactorily, and aids in resolution of issues or creation of implementation plans.

Engineering Support - Design of Experiments (DOE) - This is a test or sequence of tests where potential influential process variables are systematically changed according to a prescribed design matrix.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) - This is a disciplined review and analysis of a new or revised process and is conducted to anticipate, resolve, or monitor potential process problems for the specific new or revised product program under analysis.

Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (Gage R&R) - The combined estimate of measurement system repeatability and reproducibility, assesses measurement system capability depending on the method used and may or may not include the effects of time.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) The word Geometry (-ic forms the adjective of Geometry) deals with the shapes of objects and methods of describing and measuring them, and comes to us from the Greek words of "Geo" - land + "Metron" - to measure, who evidently developed Geometry as a means of measuring land. One of the ways of measuring something is the use of dimensions, which comes from the Latin word "dimetiri" - to measure carefully. Since all dimensions can vary even slightly in size, even in a bin of the "same" parts, there is a need to control the maximum and minimum limits for dimensions, to ensure their proper fit and function. The control of these limits is called the tolerancing of the dimension. The science or system of controlling dimensions and establishing the proper tolerances for the dimensions for one or more parts is called "Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing", or GD&T.

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