Designing for Lights Out Manufacturing

PDShow1

Talk to anyone concerned with manufacturing, and they’ll tell you that the best design engineers know the factory floor. They know the processes, the technologies, and even some of the tricks that technicians and assemblers use to get products out the door and stay on top of quotas.

A good engineer takes all that knowledge and uses it to produce designs that are manufacturing friendly. In many cases, the designer further consults with manufacturing engineers to optimize the final assembly for production.

Design for manufacturing (DFM) and assembly (DFA) practices save costs and reduce rework. For example, here are a few traditional DFM guidelines:

·         Use a snap fit or a tab rather than a separate fastener. That reduces parts and errors.

·         Incorporate highly reflective surfaces to improve the inspection process.

·         Combine multiple parts into a single injection-molded piece.

All that said, the factory floor is changing so fast, no set of guidelines covers it all.  Automated manufacturing lines add new robotic, sensor, and conveyor capabilities every year. Systems become more sophisticated. And DFM best practices often need revisited.

That brings us to a recent episode of the Product Design Show. The topic is factory automation, specifically how the vision of a fully automated lights out manufacturing system is ever closer with advances in robotics.

What will that mean to product designers and DFM? Can they keep up? The hosts on the Product Design Show say, “Yes.”

“In the near future, product design teams will access real-time information from a series of connected machines and robots in factories world’s away,” says Allison. “Highly automated, connected factories will get tomorrow’s designers

a greater grasp of their product design cycle and the data to track manufacturing and delivery.”

This entry was posted in Creo Customers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Archives

  • Connect with PTC Creo