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Product Design Success Through Early Application of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Workshops

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Bradley C. Parker

Raytheon Company

Paper No. IMECE2006-14855, pp. 387-392; 6 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Textile Engineering
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Textile Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4774-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Declining budgets and shortened schedules leave engineers little room for error in choosing a successful and profitable design concept. A redesign at any point in the program will destroy the product schedule, budget, and design cost goals. One tool for choosing a cost effective, fully compliant design is the Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) Workshop. Although DFMA Workshops are most frequently applied to existing products, the process is most effective when applied during the initial design phase eliminating the need for costly redesigns. The DFMA Workshop involves a team that includes all the stakeholders in the success of the design, including customers and suppliers. During the Workshop, the team applies the 11 DFMA Principles and brainstorms ideas to meet the product requirements. The team then evaluates the ideas for technical risk and feasibility and then choosing the most promising ideas to be implemented into the design.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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