WORKSHOP #1: Design for Manufacture & Assembly

This workshop will show you how to analyze and reduce the cost of your designs. At least 85 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the early stages of design. When engineers make informed design decisions during the concept stage, they can avoid costly corrections later. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to lower manufacturing costs through good design.
  • Discover what features make a product easy and cost efficient to assemble.
  • Find out how to design to facilitate automation.
  • You don’t need to outsource your product to lower manufacturing costs—you simply need a better design! This workshop will show you how.


1:00 – 1:35 PM ET

Design for Manufacture and Assembly: An Overview
Design for Manufacture and Assembly is applicable in any part, product or system that needs to be produced efficiently at high volumes. Fundamentally, DFMA is rooted in optimization for volume production where component minimization and ease of part fabrication characterize the two primary facets of optimal designs. A strong foundational effort, tailored to incorporate these core tenets of DFMA, will help to streamline costs and implementation timeframe throughout a product’s development cycle. Through a real-world case study, this presentation will outline tangible examples of how a commercial design can be optimized for DFMA.

Akash Agarwal, Mechanical Engineer, Datum3D
Steve Venditti, Founder & CEO, Datum3D


1:35 – 2:10 PM ET

Design for Automated Assembly
Designing a product for ease of assembly is an important consideration for manually assembled products. But, it’s absolutely vital if the product is to be assembled automatically. For example, a cylindrical, asymmetrical part is easy for a person to pick up and install manually. In contrast, feeding and installing the same part in an automated assembly system will require an expensive vision system to determine its orientation. For economic and efficient automated assembly, engineers must consider the design of the parts and the overall assembly. This presentation will provide some pointers.

Mark Burzynski, President, Arthur G. Russell Co.


2:10 – 2:45 PM ET

Robust Plastic Product Design
Plastics offer many advantages over metals and are gaining wide acceptance across a variety of industries. However, engineers must give extra attention to how plastics respond to different conditions. For example, almost all plastics will melt and burn before they reach anywhere near the high end of the operating temperature ranges of any metal. In addition, common processes to make metal parts, such as die-casting and stamping, will produce almost no latent defects. On the other hand, plastic parts may have latent defects that are difficult to measure even with highly complex equipment. As a result, designing robust plastic parts requires a holistic approach that encompasses materials, design, tooling and processing. In this presentation, you’ll learn common causes of plastic failure and how to design long-lasting plastic assemblies.

Vikram Bhargava, Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers

2:55 – 3:30 PM ET

Break

2:55 – 3:30 PM ET

Design for Value
To survive in today’s environment of low growth and rapid product life cycles, companies must consistently deliver products that provide both the best value to customers and the most attractive economics over their entire life cycle. Design for value is a cross-functional development process that achieves these dual objectives. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to focus innovation efforts on the features that their customers are willing to pay for and to select cost optimization approaches that will improve and protect long-term profitability.

Bill Devenish, DFMA Expert and Producibility Engineer, The Devenish Group Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 PM ET

Q&A with Workshop Panelists

John Sprovieri, Editor in Chief Assembly Magazine