The White Goods Part Designed Based on DFM/DFA Concepts in a Concurrent Engineering Environment
Keywords:Concurrent engineering, DFM/DFA, Design management, White Goods, Product development, Interoperability
AbstractThe classical way to manage the product development processes for
massive production has been changing as the high pressure for cost reduction,
higher quality standards and market seeking for innovation lead to the
necessity of new tools for development control. This context and the learning
from the automotive, aerospace industries and others segments were the
starting point to understand and apply manufacturing and assembly oriented
designs to ease the task of generate goods and from this to obtain at least
part of the expected results. This paper demonstrates the applicability of the
concepts of Concurrent Engineering and DFM/DFA (Design for Manufacturing
and Assembly) in the development of products and parts for the White Goods
industry in Brazil (major appliances as refrigerators, cookers and washing
machines), showing one case concerning to the development and releasing
of a component. Finally, it shows, shortly, how using these techniques as a
solution had provided cost savings and reduction in delivery time.
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