Design For Manufacturability
Design for manufacturability (DFM) is a means of proactively addressing product issues early in the design cycle. We work with an array of product designers ensuring that their designs have taken into consideration the technical aspects of the manufacturing and assembly process. Developing a product that can be cost effectively reproduced and converted into a high-quality, reliable, functional product requires a good understanding of the total manufacturing and assembly process. In addition to designing for speed, frequency and packaging requirements, the successful designer must be knowledgeable with respect to the characteristics and capabilities of the Manufacturing and assembly processes. MCL provides value in that it is able to highlight any potential design issues associated with the manufacturing of the product as well as provide solutions to increase efficiency and functionality while lowering costs.
The Importance of Good Product Development
- Good product development is a potent competitive advantage.
- Product design establishes the feature set, how well the features work, and, hence, the marketability of the product.
- The design determines 80% of the cost and has significant influence on quality, reliability and serviceability.
- The product development process will determine how quickly a new product can be introduced into the market place.
- The product design determines how easily the product is manufactured and how easy it will be to introduce manufacturing improvements like just-in-time and flexible manufacturing.
- The immense cost saving potential of good product design is even becoming a viable alternative to automation and off-shore manufacturing.
- True concurrent engineering of versatile product families and flexible processes determines how well companies will handle product variety and benefit from build to order and mass customization.