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Brian Fuller
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Re: Who 'owns' the problem?
Brian Fuller   2/18/2013 5:57:39 PM
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Here's Douglas' piece with a proper link: The Art of Concurrent Engineering.

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Re: Who 'owns' the problem?
Brian Fuller   2/18/2013 5:56:20 PM
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This is an interesting sub-thread with good inputs from @t.alex, and @prabhakar and of course, Douglas. BTW, here's the concurrent engineering piece Douglas referenced in his comment: {doclink 255727}.

 

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FLYINGSCOT   2/18/2013 4:59:32 PM
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DFM for commodity items is critical but owning a unique manufacturing capability can be a real competitive advantage.  The best companies innovate in all areas and oftentimes unique solutions that nobody else can design or build are key to success.

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t.alex   2/18/2013 12:11:38 AM
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Brian, 

 

This is an interesting question. We can say everybody has to own this problem and solve it and it usually turns out nobody is pushing for it from R&D to production. From the management team, they has to definitely own and push for this problem at least.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/18/2013 12:01:12 AM
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  I would prefer to  say  "Who owns the solution?" instead of "who owns the problem.

Because if the solution ( to manufacturing) is thought right at the time of design then the problem may not exist at all.

So it is the joint responsibility of R & D and engineering to create a product designed for manufacturing.

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Douglas Alexander   2/17/2013 5:01:37 PM
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Possibly the genetic pool from whence come Furbees.

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Douglas Alexander   2/17/2013 4:58:58 PM
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This is a shared responsibility that involves Purchasing, Materials Planning, Sustaining Engineering, Component Engineering, Project and Program Managers, PCB CAD, Mechanical Engineering, Test Engineering, and people who are responsible for the company's supply chain. Because of the number of people that are impacted, this is why the best approach is a process called "Concurrent Engineering." I wrote on this recently as a fundamental good development practice where participants representing the various departments become involved at the earliest stages of development and continue to participate until the New Product Introduction process is complete and Engineering as released the product to Manufacturing via an Engineering Change Order. Usually, Revision control numbering format will indicate if the product has been released. Changing from version A1,2, 3 etc. for product still in engineering to the Numerical designator in first position as in 1A,B,C for released goods, serves to keep the record straight as to quick ID of product status. short answer...use Concurrent Engineering practices and DFM, DFA, and DFT will be covered.

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Who 'owns' the problem?
Brian Fuller   2/17/2013 1:19:14 PM
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Here's a question that feeds off @Douglas and @prabhakar... organizationally, who "owns" the problem of inculcating that DFx mentality into engineering? 

In a highly specialized design chain, this can be a challenge, no?

 

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Douglas Alexander   2/17/2013 10:38:04 AM
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@Prabhakar...you nailed it. Engineering should understand all manufacturing processes, both internal and external to the company. Design for Assembly and Design for Test, coming up next.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/17/2013 6:08:14 AM
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Design for manufacturing paves the way for a successful product for a successful design. Many a times it may happen that the design department may use a totally new technology in terms of components or the process. In such case the design department must have the ability to lay out the manufacturing process very clearly at the design time so that the procurement department will be able to identify the suitable manufacturers -or if not available develop new suppliers who can set up the required processes .

 

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