Integrated Product Development Best Practices
Listed below are publications which provide hands-on practical approaches to implementing Virtual Integrated Product Development, Concurrent Engineering, and Design for manufacturability.
These are organized under various topic headings. Each bullet point identifies a separate publication.
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- Concurrent Engineering & the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Philosophy
- Performing Team Building and Training
- Justification of DFM
- Management Involvement in DFM / IPD
- Quality Tools for DFM
- Computer Aided Technologies Applied To DFM
- Design for Assembly
- Applying DFM / Concurrent Engineering at the Conceptual and Preliminary Design Phase
- Applying DFM to Specific Manufacturing Processes
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
- Finishing and coating.
- Fastening and joining.
- Materials selection and characteristics.
- Electronics assembly.