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Design for Availability (DFAV) and Design for Cost (DFC): Developing World Peculiarities

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Bashar S. El-Khasawneh

Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Paper No. DETC2013-13026, pp. V004T05A018; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The design process is driven by a number of requirements and constraints. In developing countries, designers are faced with extra constraints; such as the availability of components in the local market. The availability is not limited to procurement of part from local markets. It is extended to having parts within an acceptable quality. Developing world markets are flooded with a spectrum of varying quality products at different price ranges. Hence, it becomes the designer’s duty to identify the proper components that meets the functional requirements of the system. This paper covers the system/product development process; which is an extensive process, taking into account the reality of the local developing world markets. The paper starts by reviewing the literature on the design for X, and then shows how the design for availability and cost should be incorporated in the design process.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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