The product and production preparation process consists of developing simultaneously a new product and/or manufacturing concept and at the same time minimizing the lead time from customer needs over product concept, product design, process development, to start of production.
IMT consultants and an interfunctional team from production, purchasing, engineering, and design are ensuring that by employing lean criteria a new product and process concept is developed with the following characteristics:
lowest investment costs
shortest cycle time
lowest number of operators
minimal production costs
Results which considerably lie under those of traditional attempts like concurrent engineering will be obtained with this procedure.