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Design for manufacturing : a review and case study

Paul, Gunther & Al-Dirini, R.M.A. (2009) Design for manufacturing : a review and case study. In 45th annual Conference of the HFESA - Designing Futures, 22-25 November, 2009, Melbourne. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a highly integral methodology in product development, starting from the concept development phase, with the aim of improving manufacturing productivity. It is used to reduce manufacturing costs in complex production environments, while maintaining product quality. While Design for Assembly (DFA) is focusing on elimination or combination of parts with other components, which in most cases relates to performing a function and manufacture operation in a simpler way, DFM is following a more holistic approach. Common consideration for DFM are standard components, manufacturing tool inventory and capability, materials compatibility with production process, part handling, logistics, tool wear and process optimization, quality control complexity or Poka-Yoke design. During DFM, the considerable background work required for the conceptual phase is compensated for by a shortening of later development phases. Current DFM projects normally apply an iterative step-by-step approach and eventually transfer to the developer team. The study is introducing a new, knowledge based approach to DFM, eliminating steps of DFM, and showing implications on the work process. Furthermore, a concurrent engineering process via transparent interface between the manufacturing engineering and product development systems is brought forward.

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ID Code: 49297
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Design for Manufacturing, Design for Assembly, Knowledge Based Engineering
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 13:32
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 13:32

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