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What is DFMA?

Cost Knowledge throughout the product Development Lifecycle
The decisions you make can cost you. Whether your goal is cost leadership in your industry or differentiating your products from the competition, you can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early cost knowledge that you can count on.

If your goal is to improve your products without increasing your costs, then the lack of cost detail can really hold you back. Product developers often find themselves relying on historical manufacturing and assembly costs recorded for previous or similar versions of a product, for example, or on supplier best estimates. Usually, designers have no way of accurately quantifying whether the specific innovation they are contemplating will increase or reduce overall product cost.

The Design for Manufacture and Assembly suite of software gives you tools you can use anytime during the product development lifecycle to analyze and understand the costs to manufacture and assemble your products. From the purchase of parts from your supply chain to the earliest conceptual stages of design, DFMA software equips you with quick and accurate cost information. The software provides a way to work creatively and objectively with your suppliers to find new avenues for improving design efficiency and profitability. During the development stages of a new product, cost and cost drivers certainly demand careful consideration. Yet they tend to be neglected, especially when designers lack a reliable method of managing and understanding them.

Getting started with DFMA is as easy as determining the level of involvement you decide to commit to DFMA. The quickest level of DFMA involvement is to immediately begin cost studies of parts that you are currently purchasing from your supply chain. The next level is to conduct cost management examinations of your parts and products currently in production. The highest level of DFMA involvement of both your design and manufacturing organizations–with the most potential for dramatic cost savings–is the use of cost information and product simplification during the early development of your next generation of products.

Supplier Costing
suplier-costingThe decisions you make can cost you. Whether your goal is cost leadership in your industry or differentiating your products from the competition, you can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early cost knowledge that you can count on.

As a “should-cost” estimates, help validate supplier quotes, and to negotiate suppliers’ bids and contracts

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Process Choice Cost
Sand Cast, Domestic Supplier $4.81
Sand Cast, Low Cost Region $3.82
Die Cast, Domestic Supplier $3.50
Die Cast, Low Cost Region $3.35
Product Costing
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The decisions you make can cost you. Whether your goal is cost leadership in your industry or differentiating your products from the competition, you can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early cost knowledge that you can count on.

As a benchmarking tool to study your products and/or competitors’ products by quantifying manufacturing process, material selection, and assembly alternatives.

Description Before After Annual Savings
DFM cost $84 $25 $261,000
Assembly time 1384 sec 0
Price $209 $35
Product Simplification
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The decisions you make can cost you. Whether your goal is cost leadership in your industry or differentiating your products from the competition, you can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early cost knowledge that you can count on.

To guide the design team simplify the product structure, reducing & assembly costs and quantifying improvements

  • Assist with reduction in parts
  • Reduction in Supply chain
  • Reduction in Detail drawings
  • Reduction in Assembly time
  • Reduction in Assembly labor cost
DFMA Software Product

The decisions you make can cost you. Whether your goal is cost leadership in your industry or differentiating your products from the competition, you can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early cost knowledge that you can count on.