Two facts remain unchanged from the 1993 "Producibility
Measurement Guidelines." First, producibility is an evolutionary concept. Parts
of this guidelines document will change as did parts of its predecessor.
However, although new techniques or methodologies for achieving producibility
may emerge, the elements presented in these guidelines should remain the basis
for producibility enhancements.
Secondly, producibility is everybody's business. The
historical view that producibility is someone else's problem is no longer
acceptable. Producibility affects us all. Throughout industry, government, and
society as a whole, no one - not design engineers, production personnel,
management, government acquisition personnel, or taxpaying citizens - can ignore
the necessity for manufacturing high quality products at an affordable price. In
the end, we all pay for poor planning and inadequate designs.