- Develop Conceptual Definition
- Develop Preliminary Definition
- Develop Advanced Definition
- Develop Detail Definition
- Qualify Design
- Conduct Value Engineering
The service area is organized under various topic headings. Each bullet point identifies a separate information service.
1. Concurrent Engineering & the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Philosophy
- Comparing design philosophies
- DFM as a preventative tool
- The DFM / marketing interface
- Organizing and implementing a Virtual Product Development initiative
- Comparing concurrent product definition using DFM with traditional sequential product development.
- Approach to improving and streamlining the product development process.
- Organizing product development teams.
- How to involve the supplier and gain certification.
2. Performing Team Building and Training
- – Getting an IPT team started
- – Establishing guidelines for evaluating DFM tools.
- – Selecting an appropriate product for a pilot project.
- – Defining quantifiable IPD/DFM objectives consistent with corporate goals.
- – Developing an approach to training cross functional IPD teams
- – Selling top management on the benefits of DFM.
- – The relationship of human factors to DFM.
3. Justification of DFM
- – Defining the impact of DFM on costs other than labour and materials
- – How to establish a relationship between cost and product volume.
- – Methods to determine relevant costs.
4. Management Involvement in DFM / IPD
- – Defining a framework for DFM management architecture.
- – Conducting best practice analysis.
- – Management information required for concurrent engineering.
5. Quality Tools for DFM
- – The Demming process management cycle
- – Incorporating customer requirements during design.
- – Structuring process plans and production plans for quality.
- – The role of Quality function deployment.
- – Techniques for quality problem solving and decision making.
- – Cost of quality calculations.
- – The relationship of DFM and experimental design.
- – Identifying key performance measures.
- – Design for reliability.
- – Risk assessment and management.
6. Computer Aided Technologies Applied To DFM
- – Using standard parts and components.
- – Applying group technology to DFM.
- – Minimizing part variation.
- – Designing for minimum number of parts.
- – Designing multifunctional parts.
- – Developing modular designs.
- – Minimizing models and mockups.
- – Minimizing component handling.
- – CAD/ CAM / DFM integration.
- – DFM / ERP information requirements for mechanical products.
- – Applying artificial intelligence in DFM.
7. Design for Assembly
- – The relationship between DFA and concurrent engineering
- – Reducing the number of parts in an assembly.
- – Creative thinking in DFA
- – Design for serviceability and end use.
8. Applying DFM / Concurrent Engineering at the Conceptual and Preliminary Design Phase
- – Impact of initial design concepts.
- – Evaluating the manufacturability of conceptual designs.
- – DFM and producibility assessment tools.
- – Human factors issues for product design.
- – Geometric tolerancing structure for concurrent engineering.
9. Applying DFM to Specific Manufacturing Processes
- – Machining.
- – Forming.
- – Finishing and coating.
- – Fastening and joining.
- – Materials selection and characteristics.
- – Electronics assembly.