Design for X (DFX)

Successful organizations, in both the manufacturing and service sectors, are becoming more customer focused. New products and services to meet the existing and future needs of customers are being introduced. In the continued quest for superior products and services, there is a drive to reduce cycle time and times to market while reacting faster to market and technology changes. A number of approaches have been adopted to increase the efficiency of the product-development process. These approaches have become known cumulatively as "design for X" (DFX), where "X" denotes any key elements that are related to product development - manufacturing, production, cost, assembly, or recycling. Although DFX focuses on manufacturing, its related concepts and tools may also be applied to service organizations. This course introduces the concept of DFX, its evolution as a mature approach, its classification, and best practices. It explores design for manufacturing (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) and provides an overview of a number of other common DFXs. It also examines the basic rationale behind them and their application strategies.

Candidates for Black Belt certification; managers and executives overseeing personnel involved in the implementation of Six Sigma in their organization; consultants involved in implementing a Six Sigma proposal; organizations implementing a Six Sigma project


Design for X Framework

  • recognize the advantages of applying design for X (DFX) methods during the design process
  • recognize new methodologies in product development in given scenarios
  • recognize the benefits of the concurrent engineering method in given scenarios
  • identify the characteristics of the concurrent engineering environment
  • recognize examples of issues to be taken into consideration when implementing a DFX strategy in product design and development
  • DFX Processes and Applications

  • recognize the benefits of implementing design for manufacturing and assembly methodologies in given scenarios
  • recognize statements that exemplify design for manufacture and assembly goals
  • recognize examples of DFMA best practices
  • estimate the cost of manufacturing a design and then apply cost reduction methods to a given product
  • estimate the efficiency of a design and then recognize steps that can be taken to reduce the assembly costs of a given product
  • select the product that has the best design for production in a given scenario

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