Siemens in an unconventional collaboration with DIS on the development of new testing equipment
Siemens chose to involve DIS from the very beginning in the development of new testing equipment for tests of bearing components for wind turbines. The requirement specifications were jointly prepared, which streamlined the project and ensured a fast process.
When Siemens tests wind turbine components it is often done in a large scale, where several components are put together and tested. It is a solution model associated with a significant cost and it is often a very expense solution to implement. In a study to find new test methods Siemens got in touch with DIS and presented some general thoughts and ideas on a plan for scalable tests of a bearing component. Where Siemens normally presents an idea and subsequently prepares requirement specifications, this time Siemens and DIS chose to approach the project differently. DIS was involved from the very beginning of the project and helped create and develop the idea and define the project. At the start-up phase of the project DIS facilitated a workshop and conducted a number of interview sessions with relevant Siemens employees. Based on this DIS prepared a requirement specification in close cooperation with key-personnel from Siemens.
”If we, Siemens, were to prepare the requirement specifications for this project, I do not believe we could have done it. DIS has done an enormous job here. They were able to realize our rough ideas into a project and ultimately into a final product. I am part of an extremely busy engineering department, which is also one of the reasons why we outsourced this to DIS. Lack of time and resources are deciding factors,” explains Jan Jacobsen, Head of Department Hub at Siemens Wind Power.
DIS ran the project from the very start to finish and prepared the requirement specification, which in detail described how DIS would solve the various challenges the project offered.
A concept solution, a schedule and cost optimization suggestions were also prepared. The final project included test equipment for a scalable test of bearings developed, produced and tested by DIS. The test equipment is CE certified and meets all requirements specified. Normally Siemens control and define the abovementioned items themselves, but this time they let DIS take charge from the beginning to the end. The project was managed according to Siemens standards and demands on how to develop and implement development processes and products.
”I do not believe we could have created this new product had we not worked with this new approach to product development. Furthermore, it has been very satisfying working with DIS, as we were able to quickly add extra resources, skills and knowledge to the project, thus speeding up the project and the processes,” says Jan Jacobsen.
The fact that Siemens has called on DIS and to such a large extent shown trust and confidence in DIS’ abilities, has made it easier to make decisions throughout the project and the development of the testing equipment. In addition, it has also had significant importance that no other partners were involved. DIS knew all about the project and the phases and gained a strong sense of ownership which has resulted in both the project and the product becoming a great success.