The benefits of designing for manufacturingThough design for manufacturability has been widely discussed for years, it's still something that's a bit difficult for engineers and managers to agree on how well it pays off. It doesn't take a genius to realize that ignoring manufacturing during design is the pathway to failure, but justifying the acquisition of necessary design tools and changing some processes can be difficult.
Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc. has just completed a survey that shows some of the benefits gained by the likes of Dell, Motorola, TRW Automotive and Raytheon. About half the respondents fund that designing for manufacturing and assembly helped them reduce floor space requirements. That somewhat unexpected benefit certainly helps reduce costs.