Design for manufacture and design for assembly are the integration of product design and process planning into one common activity.
The fundamental aim is to design a product that is easily and economically manufactured. The importance of designing for manufacturing is underlined by the fact that about 70% of manufacturing costs of a product (cost of materials, processing, and assembly) are determined by design decisions, with production decisions (such as process planning or machine tool selection) responsible for only 20%.
At the heart of our design for manufacturing system is a group of principles that are structured to help reduce the cost and difficulty of manufacturing a product. The following is fully inclusive list of these principles:
- Reduce the total number of parts
- Develop a modular design
- Use standard components
- Design parts to be multi-functional
- Design parts for multi-use
- Design for ease for fabrication
- Avoid separate fasteners
- Minimise assembly directions
- Maximise compliance
- Minimise Handling
Partnering with us early on ensures that the development of your product is consistent through development, manufacture and product fulfilment. We come across products all the time that have stalled at the handover between design consultancy to contract manufacturer because the execution of the design phase has ill considered the commercial objectives of the product and its manufacturability. This can turn into a costly downward spiral which has the ability to stop any product in it’s tracks. We’re here to ensure that your product takes the right path by closing the gap between product development and manufacture.
Among our comprehensive set of services, we offer design for manufacture, new product introduction, system development, testing and process automation.