Today’s markets and technologies move faster than ever, so it’s important that new products be designed and manufactured as quickly as possible to hit the right market at the right time in the right way. The initial design of a product can lock in as much as 75%-80% of product and production costs – and that’s assuming the market wants the product at the price offered. But none of this means “rushing”; it does mean using a disciplined process to assess market needs, price points, product design, materials, and the manufacturing and distribution processes. This Lunch and Learn will help you understand the steps involved in a disciplined DFM process. These principles also apply to design of new manufacturing processes to make existing products.
One of the core principles of DFM is that it should be cross-functional. As such, anyone who might be involved should attend: Design engineers obviously, but also marketing, sales, finance, purchasing, quality, manufacturing and process engineering folks as well.
Josh Chernin has 30 years’ experience running manufacturing companies in the US and Europe. Most of that time was with contract manufacturers, so he was involved in many new product and process designs with customers. His experience includes medical devices, aerospace, 3D textiles, metal service centers, and printing, as well as dozens of client industries served by those. Josh has also built three factories from scratch including one in Germany, and has visited over 300 plants during his career. He is now a Partner with Business Improvement Group, LLC, consultants to manufacturers, which is a partner to Polaris MEP. Josh has a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has two sons and lives in Westboro, Mass.
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