Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFM/DFA)     


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Duration: 2 Days
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This seminar provides a functional understanding of the principles involved in conducting a Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly study. DFM/DFA can support both manual and automated processes resulting in significant cost savings through simpler designs with fewer components. Related topics include workstation layouts, ergonomic considerations and errorproofing. Actual examples from the automotive industry are used to support the lecture and participants complete actual design efficiency using the DFM/DFA worksheet.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and list the benefits of the DFM/DFA method in creating product designs which support manufacturing processes leading to short and long term product cost savings
  • Outline a Robust Manufacturing Plan that optimizes and simplifies product design without sacrificing quality
  • Objectively determine which designs would be suitable as DFM/DFA candidates
  • Perform the essential stages of a Design for Manufacture process including the analysis required to overcome typical manufacturing difficulties encountered in product design
  • Construct an actual DFM/DFA worksheet and calculate design efficiency using an instructor provided project

Who Should Attend
Product Engineers, Designers and Managers, Manufacturing and Tooling Engineers, and Project Managers who desire to understand DFM/DFA as a product design tool to increase manufacturability of product assemblies. The course is best suited for individuals in the manufacturing industry and is beneficial to OEMs and Tier suppliers.

Topical Outline
Day One

  • Introduction to DFM/DFA and DFM/DFA objectives
    • DFM, DFA and Product Life Cycle
    • Six Steps of the DFM/DFA Life Cycle Model
    • DFM and DFA advantages and challenges in a Product Development environment
  • Design Considerations
    • Creating the DFM/DFA Environment
    • Guidelines for selecting DFM candidates
    • Integrating FMEA and DFM/DFA
    • Material Selection process
    • Project Cost Estimation
    • DFM Worksheet, Tables and Terms Defined
    • Minimizing part count using the Minimum Part Criteria
    • Finalizing the Critical Design Characteristics
    • DFM introductory project
Day Two
  • Design Considerations (cont)
    • Operator Interface Considerations - Handling, Insertion, and Fastening issues
    • Calculating initial design efficiencies
    • Prioritizing Design Improvement efforts using the Worksheet codes
    • Finalizing DFM project
  • Process Considerations
    • Workplace Layout
    • Methods of Assembly
    • Lean Production Metrics
    • Errorproofing
  • Introduction to DFM Concurrent Costing
  • Total cost savings through DFM and DFA

Instructor(s): Angelo Mago
Angelo Mago Angelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, design engineering, document management, and customer service and improvement methods. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, quality assurance, project management working in DOD in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, Product Development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in establishing a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Fees: $1370.00 ; SAE Members: $1096.00 - $1233.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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