How systems engineering works
In a traditional engineering scenario, material innovations are developed using a waterfall approach, in which various engineering functions are tackled in a linear fashion. If an obstacle occurs during the piloting phase, multiple steps must be retraced to find and correct the underlying problem, adding time and cost to the development process.
Systems Engineering takes a life-cycle view of material development. It integrates R&D, production and management engineers into a single team responsible for designing and managing customer-driven solutions. This cross-disciplinary team of engineers collaborates from the outset, reducing time to market and improving responsiveness to customer objectives.