The assignments ran in 2011-2012 and engaged between one and eight consultants.
Consultancy firm: Were part of the project with new generationLED signs with high demands on the product. Development to reduce weight and size, use new materials and halve production time.
Concept development: At short notice, Mobitec wanted suggestions for how to mount a video sign for a presentation to a potential customer. Overriding goals with tough demands. After that Conmore was given free rein, and later presented its results.
Workshop: The product for Mobitec was a Smartblind which it manufactures and delivers for use on London’s bus system. The Smartblind has many moving parts, is very complex mechanically and takes a long time to mount. The participants comprised a team from Mobitec and consultants from Conmore.
A mix of collaborative assignments
Consultancy firm: Mobitec AB was in the middle of a recruitment process for a mechanical engineer, and they saw the potential of a Conmore consultant. Jenz Torstensson, Director of Technology at Mobitec:
– We needed a consultant who could work on mechanics here on site. He was thrown straight in at the deep end, being brought in just as we were starting a project on a new generation of LED signs. We had extremely high demands on the product. We wanted to reduce the weight and size, use new materials, be able to produce it quickly and cut production time by half. Our Conmore consultant had a lot of responsibility from day one.
Concept development: In summer 2012 Mobitec brought in Conmore to get some fresh thoughts and ideas on a new project involving a video sign. Mobitec wanted suggestions on how they could mount the sign for a presentation to a potential customer.
– It was all done pretty haphazardly to start with. They got to see what the product looks like today. I then set some overall goals with certain requirements: tough demands on weight and dimensions, coupled with set requirements on how to mount and specifications to ensure the visible surface made the text easy to read. After that they were given free rein, and they came back and presented their conclusions. We had a few intermediate meetings and in the end we were given a presentation and a report by Conmore,”says Jenz Torstensson.
Workshop: In practical terms, the workshop was held for a few hours after work time. The participants comprised a team from Mobitec and consultants from Conmore. The four-hour workshop was quite informal and started off with sandwiches and an introduction. The participants were divided into two groups, the product was put on the table and everyone had a chance to scrutinise the design and brainstorm freely around it. It was a creative process and no suggestions were rejected; all of them were written down for more detailed discussion later on. A workshop between Mobitec and Conmore is something Jenz Torstensson could certainly imagine doing again.
– Absolutely. It was great fun, and a few hours produced many suggestions on how we could develop the product. The workshop was a quick way of achieving results, and we ended up with a list of things we could improve or do some other way. Fresh blood and new ideas enabled us to see a far bigger picture, Jenz adds.
Exactly How a collaboration should be
– Conmore has the expertise to offer services in all situations.As a company, you have different needs at different times.We had an acute need whereby we needed someone on site, a concept study in a few weeks and a workshop in a few hours.Conmore delivered all of that.Few consultancy firms can set up a workshop, or tackle a concept study at short notice.This is a perfect example of what working with a consultancy firm should be like, Jenz Torstensson concludes.
Consultancy assignment as mechanical engineer
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