While in the process of getting a product manufactured, many things can go wrong that can cause a delay. This can extend the time it takes for a product to get manufactured and reach the hands of consumers. This means while the delay is happening, the investment that was put into getting the product from conception to production isn’t being returned. To avoid such problems, the DFMA approach is used when a company recognises the need for new product development.
What is the DFMA approach?
The design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA) approach is a tool that allows product designers to pinpoint problems that can arise as the product is being manufactured or assembled. That way, they are able to design products in ways that make the process of manufacturing and assembling them more efficient.
DFMA is the brainchild of two England-based researchers, Geoffrey Boothroyd and Peter Dewhurst. With this approach, products get through the manufacturing and assembly process faster, at a lower cost and with minimal wastage. And it doesn’t matter if the products are being put together using manual labour or machines.
What are the advantages of the DFMA approach?
Some of the benefits of DFMA have already been mentioned in the previous section. In this section will look into them a little more detail, as well as talk about others. So if you are wondering what DFMA can do for you, here are the advantages you need to consider:
Simplifies and optimises manufacturing
The longer the manufacturing process takes, the more in overhead it will cost you. When designers do their job with the DFMA approach in mind, they simplify and optimise the manufacturing process. On top of keeping overhead costs down, this also reduces the initial costs of the production process.
Reduction in manufacturing costs and time
When designing using the DFMA, designers use fewer parts as possible in the overall design. Not only that, they also use standard components to minimise the number of unique parts that go into the product. (All this is done while making sure the end result is a quality product).
So with the total number of parts reduced, as well as standard components in manufacturing being used, getting the product to market becomes cheaper and faster. And if the company uses manual labour for assembly, the labour costs are also significantly reduced to that effect.
Picking up from the above-mentioned points, fewer parts means the design of the product is less complicated. This greatly increases manufacturing feasibility and minimises the chance that something will go wrong during the manufacturing process. This means the DFMA approach actually makes the process of manufacturing a product more reliable since it is less prone to failure at any stage.
Gets the product to the market faster
With a reduction in manufacturing time, consumers get to enjoy the product much faster. And since the production process usually results into a complete and quality product on the first iteration, your company starts earning revenue quicker than if it had not used the approach. This shows that the DFMA approach is conducive to the continued existence and profitability of your company.
As you can see, the DFMA approach is about getting the product manufactured in the shortest time without sacrificing the importance of product quality. With the DFMA approach, people who are looking to get their product manufactured have found a system that can significantly increase the efficiency of getting their product manufactured.