Why OEMS are using a new tool called CoLab
OEMs in 2023 have to engineer toward an EV future while simultaneously hitting ambitious cost reduction targets. As an engineering leader, are you considering how to balance innovation with cost optimization without sacrificing speed?
CoLab is used by major OEMs, like GM, to free their engineers from messy collaboration practices and an endless loop of unproductive design meetings.
“Our process is just too cumbersome. It’s really, you know, 20 years old… There’s no interaction in real-time. You’ve got to schedule a meeting, and the follow up meeting — it’s just loops of meetings and tasks.”
- Engineering Leader
CoLab was built to make it easier for engineers to get specific feedback directly on drawings and models themselves, instead of everywhere else.
Engineers upload 2D/3D CAD (and other docs) into CoLab. Then they have design conversations directly on the CAD itself, where all design feedback is automatically traced + associated with specific components.
Some teams do live design reviews in-platform, others use it asynchronously as a way to get design feedback from engineers in other locations and departments without having to set up extra meetings.
We play with your existing tools, like Teamcenter. Use CoLab alongside any CAD tool and with your PLM.
With CoLab, GM engineering teams can:
- Review designs faster and eliminate design errors earlier — which means avoiding costly mistakes and getting to market up to 30% faster
- Shorten design review cycles with quicker, clearer communication among all design stakeholders
- Automate administrative tasks, like taking notes and organizing design feedback
- Cut down new vehicle development timelines with asynchronous design collaboration between your engineers in Warren, Michigan, South Korea, and the rest of the world
- Drive down cost with more effective VA/VE through virtual events (where you can involve more engineers), auto-generated Kanbans for easy tracking, and more time to implement ideas
How Ford Pro Accelerated Time to Market by 30%
Before CoLab, Ford Pro manually responded to requests from converters to share CAD files.
Now, they use CoLab to share CAD with their partners on demand. Both parties can also exchange design feedback right from an internet browser.
Initially, Ford Pro rolled out CoLab with a few converter partners. Right away, the productivity impact was clear.
Projects completed using CoLab were finished 30% faster, resulting in shorter lead times. That means commercial fleet operators getting the best vehicles faster.
CoLab is trusted by Fortune 500s and innovators. Here’s what our users say about us:
“When it comes to sharing data and being able to transfer accurate files between the three different parties, it’s really important for us to be able to make sure we’re all working on the same piece of CAD, so that there’s no ambiguity when it comes to what we’re discussing.”
“CoLab digitizes all of that. It creates that design environment on a single online platform, so it simplifies that product design journey – makes it much more interactive, collaborative, and quicker turnaround times.”
“In six months, I think the key success point was that we did a cost reduction redesign of our product enclosure. We realized we’d landed a 50% cost reduction on that, and our overall design cycle was half the time of prior design cycles. So something that used to take a full year, we got it done in six months.
“Being able to jump into CoLab and have it be so intuitive is definitely helpful. We have a core design team that’s outside of our mechanical design team, so being able to show them quick markups or snap to sections so they can clearly understand what our intents were—that was a big game-changer for me.”
“Using CoLab in production means my manufacturing manager can notify our design team of an issue in Mexico, we can turn around a design update from the US, and they can have the new design on the CNC Machine right away.”
"I really don’t think we would have delivered the quality we did without CoLab. We have at-home figured out and we’re really efficient. We can get a block from a client and back to them in a week and I don’t think any other team could do that without CoLab."
Results our users have seen after using CoLab:
51% time reduction across 80,000 reviews
27% lower review time
4X cost reduction ideas generated
2X product development speed
30% reduction in design cycles
200% More issues found before ECOs
Cost of mistakes lowered by 15%
GM, ready to explore CoLab?
Shorten design review cycles, streamline the new vehicle development process, identify design errors earlier, avoid costly mistakes, and get to market up to 30% faster — ALL with CoLab.
Talk to a CoLab product expert today.