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Tools to improve Design for Manufacturability

egifford
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Tools to improve Design for Manufacturability

Wondering what others are doing to help their engineers and designers achieve better design for manufacturability as new products are developed.  Like many companies, we have a lot of tribal knowledge and conduct cross-functional design reviews to vet new designs and try to address issues before they get too far long the design development lifecycle (where they become more time consuming and expensive to address).  But we'd like to achieve better consistency / repeatability and push this earlier into the design development process.  The question is, what methods and tools are successfully being used?  Electronic knowlegebase  / lessons learned database or design element checklists?  Tools within Creo like Model Check (with a custom library of do and don't rules)?  Add-ons like DFMPro from Geometric?  Are you doing something in gated processes within your PLM system to verify these tasks have been completed and capturing the results?  How is this knowledge being communicated as new-hires are brought up to speed?  How is all of this being managed to ensure accuracy and keep it current as new manufacturing capabilities are brought online or old rules become obsolete?

Regards,

Erik C. Gifford

G.W. Lisk Co., Inc.

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