High-Volume Components

Sweating the details of design for manufacture.

Our product engineering teams thrive on surpassing program objectives for weight, cost, functional performance and efficiency of manufacture.

Product development is a collaborative effort between engineering and manufacturing.


Multimatic StepGate™

Design for Manufacture (DFM) at work…

An “Industry First” when developed in the early 2000’s, the Multimatic StepGate™ has evolved to streamline production with reduced complexity.

The first-generation StepGate™ incorporated 140 parts in six subassemblies and required multiple assembly operations including laser and MIG welding.

Multimatic StepGate™

… in pursuit of manufacturing efficiency.

By sweating the details, the second-generation Multimatic StepGate™ is manufactured using high-speed, press-based assembly techniques, eliminating welding, and allowing installation with just six bolts.

Our global engineering facilities leverage:

  • State-of-the-art design tools
  • In-house prototyping and testing resources
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) disciplines:
    • DVP&Rs
    • DFMEAs
    • Open issues reporting and resolution
    • Fully integrated timelines with resource planning
  • Feedback and support from our manufacturing plants