Design For Manufacturing
Eighty percent of a new product’s cost is committed by the time the prototype build starts, so the greatest opportunity to influence cost, yield, and reliability is during product design. Any sized organization can practice design for manufacturing (DFM) methodology, but not all do.
DFM takes into account all areas of manufacturing: procurement, assembly, test, shipping, delivery, as well as service and repair. Early consideration of manufacturing issues shortens product development time, reduces development cost, and ensures a smooth transition to production, resulting in a quicker time to market.