Case Study

Food Processing Equipment Fabricator - VA/VE


  • Market leader in the manufacturing of food processing equipment and solutions
  • Innovation is one of their key focus areas when bringing product to market and this manufacturer looked for new methods to bring cost effective ideas into their designs
  • Management had tasked the team to reduce the overall cost of one of their products and to learn the Value Analysis/Value Engineering methodology for use on all future design projects


  • Reduced the overall cost through a product teardown and addressing various design criteria, including serviceability, manufacturability, and purchasing
  • Aligned product design to “voice of the customer”
  • Analyzed the subsystem using FAST diagram and functional cost analysis prior to brainstorming and developing new ideas to improve the design and lower the overall cost


  • Realized 35% cost reduction by eliminating functions that were not critical to he customer 
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