Taking a quickstep approach to workflow changes

This collaboration between IISRI and Quickstep focussed on the production technologies regarding seat structures. Lighter weight seat systems offer significant advantages to manufacturers of luxury and performance vehicles, SUVs and electric vehicles. Through the modelling process, IISRI supported changes to the original work flow and labour allocation, to better balance the production work flow.

Quickstep Technologies is an Australian SME at the forefront of advanced composites manufacturing and technology development. Quickstep manufactures using both traditional autoclave and leading edge out-of-autoclave production technologies for aerospace and automotive.

The global seat structures market is a significant product segment in the automotive sector, currently valued at US$16 billion p.a., with 91 million seat frame sets forecast to be manufactured and supplied to vehicle producers globally in 2016. Lighter weight seat systems offer significant advantages to manufacturers of luxury and performance vehicles, SUVs and electric vehicles and represent an attractive target segment for Quickstep. In response, Quickstep has been trialling materials and innovative manufacturing processes.

IISRI has supported Quickstep modelling the integration of the company’s next generation processes into a production sequence.

Modelling and simulation capability was used to understand process bottlenecks and design a system with a demonstrated production rate of greater than 20,000 parts per annum for the automotive sector.

IISRI modelled a specific design scenario using the discrete event simulation package Quest, and provided the analysis and visualisation from the simulation of that scenario. Through the modelling process, IISRI supported changes to the original work ow and labour allocation, to better balance the production work flow.

The collaboration between Quickstep and IISRI is an outstanding example of how industry and universities can work together for the benefit of both. IISRI was able to respond quickly to meet commercial timelines and work with the project team as the shared understanding of processes evolved from preliminary simulation analytics.

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