About GTE

Innovation is in our genes


Initiation phase

During the initiation phase, the focus is on all three elements, time, costs and quality. In this phase of a project, we think divergently as to stimulate finding the best creative solutions. Our focus narrows until we find the best ideas. At the end of the initiation phase:

  • The (technical) ideas for design and implementation have been identified;
  • we know whether the project is a match with GTE’s mission statement and competencies;
  • we have performed a quick scan to estimate the complexity, established intellectual, budgeted the project’s expenses and established a schedule;
  • the order is (or isn’t) placed.

Feasibility phase

Once an order is granted, the project moves into the feasibility stage. The focus of this phase is on lead time. The second phase aims to assess the applicability of the (technical) ideas for implementation into the desired solution, all while realising that the presented idea might not be the ultimate solution. It is therefore important to estimate whether the risks are sufficiently reduced at the end of the available time. If so, the project enters the next phase. If not, additional research is needed. By the end of the feasibility phase:

  • It is known which product GTE will supply;
  • the project organisation has been established;
  • the technical feasibility, 'proof of concept’, has been demonstrated using a prototype;
  • external factors have been identified;
  • an architectural description and design specification documents are available;
  • product safety, labelling, licences and intellectual property have been assessed;
  • a plan of action for the next phase is available.

Development phase

During the development or engineering phase, the focus is on quality. Further development of the technical solution is done based on quality, because only a qualitatively strong product will ultimately be of value to your company. By the end of the development phase:

  • The costs of the implementation phase are known;
  • the system architecture and quality targets have been defined and approved;
  • the risks have been assessed and the interaction risks have been phased out;
  • product safety has been described;
  • there is a plan of action and a schedule for the implementation phase;
  • deviations from the requirements sheet have been described and approved.

Implementation phase

The focus of the implementation phase is on price. The quality targets are set, so we can focus on producing at the lowest possible costs. By the end of this phase:

  • The machine has been realized in accordance with the design specified during the engineering phase;
  • the functionality and quality of the product have been demonstrated;
  • any deviations from the design, functionality and/ or quality have been described and substantiated.

Follow-up phase

After realization, the custom-made machine or prototype is transferred to the client, along with the necessary information. We ensure that any bugs or problems are resolved and that the machine keeps functioning perfectly. When desired, we offer maintenance agreements (service and maintenance). Concerning prototypes of a serial product, we offer agreements concerning further development and management of technical illustrations.


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