Optimize Design and Product Manufacturability

Designing for manufacturability

Post 4 in a 6-part series: Why Partner with a Medical Design & Manufacturing Services Company

How many product designs make the grade on the first prototype roll out? Why is the collective phrase, “back to the drawing board” part of our collective consciousness?

Choosing a partner that provides good insights into how design considerations affect product manufacturability can help avoid repeat trips to the drawing board and make medical device companies more competitive.

Design for Manufacturability

Designers work in a demanding environment and face multiple requirements for each product or component. Within those requirements, the choice of materials is often one of the first challenges. The designer may be able to make his own selection, or may have to work with the customer’s choice – or at least evaluate the customer’s proposals. The customer may encompass several groups, such as industrial designers, product managers, manufacturing engineers or quality experts – each with a different viewpoint. Adding to the complexity, the material must meet an array of aesthetic, performance, environmental, manufacturing, regulatory and budgetary requirements for the product.

Further, a material’s attributes and drawbacks may not become apparent until prototypes are created and tested. The consequences for selection of an inappropriate, under-performing or otherwise unsatisfactory material can be significant. Replacing a material can require a new cycle of design modifications, tool building, prototyping and evaluation that can be very expensive and delay a product’s release.

Value engineering is another way in which a design and manufacturing services company can contribute experience and expertise to avoid future pitfalls that lead to manufacturing problems or cost issues.

The value engineering process involves thoroughly evaluating a device’s design, prototype, components, materials and processes to pinpoint potential issues and suggest solutions. For example, the partner’s team of engineers may review the customer’s bill of materials to identify components that are nearing end-of-life and find alternatives. Another example is finding ways to consolidate parts to drive down cost and reduce manufacturing complexity. Other value engineering services include review and optimization of key processes so that the device can be tested and produced more quickly and easily.

Ask yourself whether a manufacturing partner’s value engineering capability could help you in designing for manufacturability?

Our next post in this series will cover – How larger manufacturing partner’s extensive knowledge of regulations, standards and best practices can significantly streamline the art-to-part process. 

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One Response to Optimize Design and Product Manufacturability

  1. Another example is finding ways to consolidate parts to drive down cost and reduce manufacturing complexity.

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