Design for Manufacturability

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Design For Manufacturability Abstract This paper explores design for manufacturability using several scholarly journal articles and books from different sources and industries. It starts by examining the definition of design for manufacturability as it pertains to managers of supply chains. The paper then discusses a fundamental topic that provides a foundation for learning design for manufacturability: the principles of design. The next section of this paper outlines the benefits that design for manufacturability has if a company chooses to implement it into their operations. Following the benefits of design for manufacturability are several key guidelines that will give a company the best chance for success while using design for…show more content…
The solution of one problem most likely will not result in total success for the entire project, as it is a part of a system. The fifth principle is the limited-information principle. “The traditional problem solving approach is to bring in a consultant who is an expert in supposedly similar problems or to become an expert in the problem yourself by delving into past problems that seem familiar.” (McClure, 1999) Information should be limited so that, like traditional problem solving, it is not time consuming and cluttered with useless information. The people-to-people principle is the sixth principle suggested by Nadler. Anyone that has to do with any area of the problem needs to feel that they are included in implementing a solution. The final principle discussed is the betermant timeline principle. The familiar phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can only be used for the short term. Over time, everything wears out eventually due to change in external and internal factors. Solutions to problems should be monitored to help track change and evaluate improvement. (McClure, 1999) Requirements Before Pursuing Design for Manufacturability After learning about these principles to design, one can now start to understand design for manufacturability and its effects on the design and manufacturing process. While keeping in mind that design for manufacturability creates the reduction of
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