Original Date: 05/19/1992
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Design for Producibility
Producibility has been identified by industry as a major problem specifically how it can be performed or measured. This crucial element for remaining competitive is a pressing issue for both large and small companies. CONAX Florida Corporation took a corporate approach to perform producibility reviews by defining the analytical steps involving all critical areas of the manufacturing process and continually upgrading the system to provide for a better product. This impressive program by a small company has resulted in an enhanced capability to address producibility through an extensive team effort.
CONAX Florida Corporation began using producibility reviews to improve its products and satisfy customer requirements. Implementation was generated and supported by top management, with the initial step consisting of generating a producibility policy document to define producibility, establish the producibility team, and document the analytical process. The producibility team was comprised of representatives from design, manufacturing, quality, purchasing, production control, and application engineering. The analytical process reviewed all areas of manufacturing including design, specifications and standards, documentation, materials, fabrication, joining methods, coating methods, heat treating, safety, environmental requirements, and inspection and test.
CONAX Florida Corporation applied its producibility process to internal products and has identified areas of improvements that reduced the cost, improved manufacturability, reduced fabrication schedules, and provided a more reliable product. Continually working as a team, the company is improving existing processes to satisfy its customers.
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