You've probably heard of Design for Environment (DfE) among the varied “DfX” disciplines. As a supply chain professional at an OEM or contract manufacturer, if you don't know much about this topic, you certainly will in the not-too-distant future.
Today, increasing numbers of markets are open only to products that comply with expanding environmental regulations. And your corporate and/or consumer customers have asked for “greener” products. I believe that one of the best ways to really understand DfE is through a hands-on experience of designing and disassembling products according to DfE principles. These principals allow organizations to design and build products that significantly reduce cost of goods sold, make regulations easier to follow, and offer customers competitive value.
That's why electronics design and manufacturing services company Creation Technologies brought in my company, Technology Forecasters, to illustrate DfE principles through a hands-on workshop based on TFI's online DfE courses. Creation helps many OEMs with its turnkey product development services, but the workshop, held at Creation's San Jose manufacturing facility, afforded participants from Creation and its OEM customers a unique opportunity to collaborate and experience DfE in a new way. Click on the slide show below to “experience” profitable DfE principles vicariously — through the hands of the participants.
You are invited to join a webinar comprising several of the people who participated in the workshop, to hear about and discuss removing the surprise and pain of customers' and regulators' increasing environmental requirements for products. Register here, free of charge, for the March 24, 2015, webinar, which will be held from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. PST/12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.