Oxyma Helps Develop Cale’s World-leading Parking Meters
With almost 40 percent of its Sweden-based workforce devoted to R&D, Cale is spearheading development in the industry. When it came time to renew the company’s flagship product, Cale asked Oxyma to investigate how they could improve their parking meter’s design.
“Within a month, we received around ten different proposals from Oxyma. All of them were fully feasible and included profit and loss estimates. They proposed various improvements and approaches to manufacturing and materials selection to increase the quality of specific components,” explains Anton Kaya, Deputy Managing Director at Cale.
The Ability to Convert Ideas into Concrete Solutions
Kaya points out that having external partners suggest new ways to approach their work is very valuable to Cale, no matter how experienced their R&D department is. If the project had been managed internally, Cale would have quickly rejected some of the ideas that Oxyma chose to develop.
“Another benefit gained from our collaboration with Oxyma is that we were able to carry out this development work in parallel with our day-to-day operations. We benefited from Oxyma’s expertise and their ability to understand our needs and to convert ideas into concrete solutions. For our part, we needed to assign just one project manager to carry out the project.”
Business-focused Product Development Workshop
Peter Sahlén, who was responsible for managing Cale’s project at Oxyma, describes how Oxyma went about producing the best possible proposals for solutions:
“We organized a ‘project catalyzer’—an internal workshop held at Oxyma that is part of our business-focused product development process. During the workshop we presented the challenges involved in the project to a large group of Oxyma employees, whom we asked to provide smart suggestions for changes. The result was a long list of concrete ideas.
After that, the working group chose a couple of proposed design adjustments and analyzed key criteria, such as payback period, and assessed how practicable they were.”
“We received a professional and thorough final report on which to base decision-making in our management forums. We had put our faith in Oxyma and given them quite a lot of latitude. With this type of project, we often don’t know in advance what the result will be,” Kaya explains further.
Armed with a long list of proposed changes, Cale is now entering the next phase of the project, implementation. The company plans to continue to work closely with Oxyma when carrying out its implementation and quality assurance work. The project will be further developed in Sweden and the plan is to launch selected improvements globally in 12 months’ time.