Managing product complexity: It`s just a matter of time

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It has long been the goal of designers to identify a robust measure of product complexity to guide product decisions. Using Design for Assembly evaluations from over 225 assemblies and subassemblies, alternative measures of product complexity are identified and compared. Time is shown to be the most consistently predicted, useful, and fungible measure. The distribution of assembly times for a product can be modeled by Pareto`s law. This leads to a new, more effective product design guideline and a predictive tool that enables rapid and accurate prediction of assembly times for redesigned products without having to repeat DFMA analysis.

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Hinckley, C.M. June 1, 1998.

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It has long been the goal of designers to identify a robust measure of product complexity to guide product decisions. Using Design for Assembly evaluations from over 225 assemblies and subassemblies, alternative measures of product complexity are identified and compared. Time is shown to be the most consistently predicted, useful, and fungible measure. The distribution of assembly times for a product can be modeled by Pareto`s law. This leads to a new, more effective product design guideline and a predictive tool that enables rapid and accurate prediction of assembly times for redesigned products without having to repeat DFMA analysis.

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  • Boothroyd Dewhurst international forum on DFMA, Newport, RI (United States), 8-9 Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98052870
  • Report No.: SAND--98-8564C
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 650184
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc712444

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Hinckley, C.M. Managing product complexity: It`s just a matter of time, article, June 1, 1998; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc712444/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.