Design For Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)
Manufacturing Products With the Best Assembly Process
Posted on 08/14/2017 | by The Orbitform Blog Team
Orbitform is often asked by product manufacturing and product assembly companies to help improve assembly processes in order to increase throughput, reduce expense, minimize cycle time, and improve quality. One of the first steps in seeking process improvement at the stage when a product is still in design mode, and is not yet in full production, is to take a step back and look at the product design in light of the DFMA concept.
DFMA stands for Design for Manufacture and Assembly. DFMA is the combination of two methodologies; Design for Manufacture, which means the design for ease of manufacture of the parts that will form a product, and Design for Assembly, which means the design of the product for ease of assembly. DFMA provides guidance to the design team to simplify the product structure, to reduce manufacturing and assembly costs, and to quantify improvements opportunities. The practice of applying DFMA identifies, quantifies and eliminates waste in a product design as the product design relates to the manufacturability of the product. DFMA is also commonly considered a component of lean manufacturing. (Source: Wikipedia)
Manufacturing products that are riveted, rollerformed, assembled, staked, hot upset, formed, and fastened can often be assembled more efficiently when the manufacturability of the product design is considered well before ordering the production equipment and setting up the assembly system on the factory floor.
Orbitform exists to help product designers, manufacturing companies, and product assemblers make better decisions associated with making parts. Please contact us to help outline the best assembly process to manufacture your products. Whether your goal is cost reduction, minimizing the time to market, or increasing product differentiation, Orbitform can help you achieve a competitive advantage when product sourcing, manufacturing, and design decisions are based on early DFMA analysis. Please contact us to get started analyzing the efficiency of your product design and assembly process.