Tools for DFM

The Role of Information Technology in DFM
  • Sammy G. Shina


Conceptually, a DFM program consists of three components: people and their organization; design and analysis processes; and information technologies that support these organization and design processes. Historically, U.S. businesses have focused their attention on moving material (i.e., parts) smoothly and rapidly through manufacturing to customers. Now, time to market is driven by the ability to develop a product; DFM is concerned with moving a design into manufacturing effectively and efficiently. Design information is the “material” of the design-to-manufacturing transfer. This chapter will focus on the role of information technologies in effective coordination, use, and transfer of design information, providing a catalyst in facilitating and sustaining DFM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sammy G. Shina
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  1. 1.University of LowellUSA

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