Taxonomy Based Assessment Methodology: Improving the Manufacturability of a Product Design
McCall, T. G., Walden, C., Gedik, R., Dalton, L., Watson, T. N., Dennis, G., & Burt, J. (2016). Taxonomy Based Assessment Methodology: Improving the Manufacturability of a Product Design. Proceedings of the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference. Anaheim, CA.
Studies have shown that a substantial portion of lifecycle costs are committed during the product design stage. The literature suggests that manufacturability concerns are one of the major drivers of lifecycle costs. This paper explores the development of a first generation Manufacturability Assessment Methodology (MAM) for use during product development. This methodology draws upon a manufacturability taxonomy and a resulting metric, which are original to this research. A case study application of the Manufacturability Assessment Methodology is reviewed and lessons learned from the case study are presented. Guidelines are presented in order to assist the practitioner. Also, future research is outlined.