Each of the following sections of this document describes the producibility system elements of each of the five steps to improved producibility. At the beginning of each section, a table highlights the producibility elements for that step and a corresponding key point for each element. Each producibility element is then explained using the common
format shown below to provide consistency across the many topics and to facilitate ease of comparison. Areas not applicable to a particular element will not appear. It is suggested that the document first be read
completely before focusing on a specific topic of interest.
Brief description of the element.
Explanation of how this element affects producibility.
- Resource Requirements: Explanation in each of the following as to what the
company, organization, or enterprise may need to effectively apply the
- Staff: What staff is needed to carry out this technique?
- Equipment: What equipment is needed?
- Tools and Techniques: Are techniques and software tools available to help?
- Training: Will training be needed? What training is needed?
- Implementation:Explanation on how this element is best implemented
While this guidelines document can be used as a stand-alone tool, there is substantial information located in the
appendices. These appendices contain information compiled by the PTF to provide users valuable additional data to support and complement information contained in the text.
A standard list of acronyms is presented in Appendix A and a producibility glossary which
includes definitions of terms as they relate to producibility is presented in
This latter appendix is intended to provide an understanding of how many
current manufacturing and design terms apply to the producibility field.
An extensive bibliography of material used to develop this guidelines document
can be found in Appendix C. This bibliography will help point users to specific sources for detailed producibility information.
The first three appendices are followed by a unique
source of information - a compilation of best practices and processes either
validated during BMP program surveys or submitted and verified by various
companies throughout the U.S. Case histories, presented in Appendix D, highlight examples of the producibility elements in real world applications from many different companies.
This appendix is followed by Appendix E,
Industry Applications and Techniques, which includes three industry examples
that highlight some of the producibility system elements desribed in these
E.1 addresses the use of IPTs, Design for
Manufacture, and Six Sigma to conduct design tradeoffs for the
U.S. Army's Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System. Appendix
E.2 presents a design-to-requirements process developed to
enhance product definition while simultaneously reducing acquisition
costs. This process addresses producibility from the very beginning of
the product's life-cycle. Appendix E.3
is a producibility
program implementation checklist that provides insight into the sequence of typical design reviews.
Summaries of the key tools and techniques presented in
this document that are pertinent to producibility, including Design for
Manufacture / Assembly, Six Sigma, Modeling and Simulation, and Quality
Function Deployment (QFD), are presented in Appendix F
. References to additional resources including available software, books, and technical papers are also included.