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Welcome to the court of Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar
The raw material price is shooting up. The material cost of a sword has gone up by Rs.10 . And …. We are adding 50,000 soldiers to our army this year. Noble men! There is a very important matter before the court today. I want to handle this situation without increasing the taxes. Please give your valuable suggestions as to how we should face this situation.
?? !! !? Why everyone’s quiet? Birbal! I am surprised that you too have become silent!! Your Majesty, I have six ideas which can reduce the cost of a sword by atleast Rs.20 without compromisingthefunctional requirements. Brilliant!. Tell us those ideas.
New Idea Existing Design 4 parts 7 parts Part Count Reduction Presently, the hilt has 7 parts. The proposed design will have 4 .
Part Commonaisation For the new hilt, instead of designing exclusive rivets, we can use the rivets of daggers. x
New Idea Existing Design Curved portion When the Shah of Persia was our Guest last month , I observed that the hilt in his sword does not have a curved portion. We can design similar hilts for our experienced soldiers. Benchmarking
Alternate Material Copper Steel Sheath Blade The sheath which houses the blade is made of copper now. We can switch over to Alloy steel which is cheaper.
2 mm 1.5 mm Sheath Blade Since alloy steel is stronger than copper, we can reduce the thickness by 0.5 mm which will save material Weight Reduction
2 Blades 3 Blades The curved blade design is yielding only 2 pieces per die. If a straight blade is designed, we can extract 3 pieces per die. Yield Improvement
There is an advantage also. I do not have to increase the tax. Saheb, there is no doubt that the present sword designed by you for my Grandfather’s army is superior. However, let us test this new design in our barracks.If they pass the tests, we will deploy them in the battle field. Your majesty. The present design is being used since the time of Babur without any failure. We should not risk any design change. If the ideas pass the test, we can save atleast Rs. Ten Lakhs this year, thus serving the purpose of cost reduction.
Yes, your Majesty. With the help of Functional Analysis System Technique(FAST) any body can generate such ideas. FAST is a powerful tool used in Value Engineering (VE) which is an extremely effective system to improve products and services for cost and productivity improvement. Birbal! I wonder how you developed these ideas! Is there a systematic way by which others can also be trained to generate such ideas. If six ideas for the sword itself can save Rs. Ten lakhs , imagine how much money we can save on other weapons like spears, arrows and cannons etc.
Birbal! There are four divisions in my army – Infantry, Cavalry,Artillery and Elephant brigade. I want you to teach the engineers in each of these divisions the application of Value Engineering (VE), especially the Functional Analysis System Technique(FAST). Each division should release Armoury Change Requests (ACRs) for the worth of Rs.25 lakh. Yes, your Majesty. firstname.lastname@example.org