VALUE ADDED, VALUE ENGINEERED
At the heart of our quality policy is our New Product Development (NPD) process.
We work closely with suppliers and customers to ensure that the products that we produce meet the needs of the marketplace. From scoping out a project through to the launch, we are always testing, validating and checking our chassis systems to ensure they are robust, fit for purpose and exceed customer expectations. We’ve created a culture of value engineering, with the clear objective of being right first time.
Our design process is also just as considered. From talking to the marketplace, it’s clear that not all manufacturers use 3D modelling. To help us improve the design phase, we employ four highly experienced, qualified engineers and structural analysts – all trained in 3D CAD software and FEA – led by Greg Taylor, our Group Engineering Director.
One of the rigorous ways we test and verify our chassis systems is through FEA (Finite Element Analysis) testing. This virtual method predicts how the chassis will react to real-world loading, vibration and other physical effects. Prototype systems are used to fully test products, including bespoke models built to customer specifications. Ultimately, this testing process validates whether the chassis has the strength and resilience required to stand up to rigorous use.
This culminates in our continuous improvement process – ‘Value Added, Value Engineered’. With global steel prices continuing to rise, our ambition is to minimise the cost impact to our customers through smarter, more efficient design and manufacturing, while not compromising the strength of our chassis.
Our high specification I-Beam Chassis is a perfect example of how the VA/VE process is used in conjunction with our stringent quality control processes. Developed to meet the demands for chassis for high-end leisure lodges and park homes, the I-Beam is structurally the strongest (in terms of load bearing capacity) available in the market. The fully galvanised chassis offers high corrosion resistance while the expertise of our design engineers and research and development team has allowed us to optimise the design for the ultimate longevity and strength.
Building on more than ten years of market experience, the VA/VE multi-functional team has successfully completed, designed and FEA tested a new and improved I-Beam product, with a new value engineered and even more sophisticated version of the product due to launch early 2019.