Original Date: 10/04/1993
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Design to Cost
The design to cost (DTC) initiative at the Hamilton Standard Electronic Manufacturing Center (HSEMC) is a major element of the overall product design and development life cycle management process initiated in the proposal stage. This DTC process results in the establishment of product target cost goals that meet customer expectations and is broken down into sub-system, sub-assembly, and piece part labor and material goals.
DTC is an iterative process that steps through a cadre of legacy data, design criteria, producibility guidelines, reliability information, and other elements to establish targets. The process encompasses the setting of individual cost targets; defining a process that will achieve the targets; implementing and modifying the defined process; analyzing data collected; and modifying the analyses.
Functional responsibilities are categorized for the DTC project team and include: cost tradeoff initiator, design, electrical components engineering, cost engineering, purchasing, integrated product development (IPD) team, producibility assurance, manufacturing engineering, systems design, and development engineering. This well-defined process and assigned responsibilities collectively result in customer satisfaction and a cost-effective design. The DTC, cost-over-target average for 19 major programs at HSEMC is only 0.04%.
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