Design for X
VPI Technology Follows Design for X Principles
At VPI Technology, we understand that cost, quality, and speed are critical goals for our customers. However, achieving all three can sometimes result in conflicts. That’s where design for X (DFX) principles come into play.
What Is Design for X?
The X in DFX stands for different areas, such as design for testability (DFT), design for reliability (DFR), and design for manufacturing (DFM).
Implementing a DFX strategy from the outset of the product design process is essential for fulfilling all requirements and reconciling conflicts. By using DFX, we can evaluate new product designs and make tradeoffs between conflicting goals, resulting in decreased errors and improved performance during development.
Other ‘X’ factors regarding designing for X include maintainability, serviceability, life cycle cost, environment, etc. A product must fulfill numerous other requirements besides functionality, cost, and appearance. Therefore, implementing a DFX strategy from the outset of the product design effort is important and necessary. Conflicts between the project’s goals must also be reconciled.
Concurrent engineering is a systematic approach to integrated product development that emphasizes customer expectations. It embodies team values of cooperation, trust, and sharing, with decision-making by consensus involving all perspectives in parallel, from the beginning of the product life cycle.
Parallelization of all design activities increases productivity and product quality. Errors or redesigns can be found earlier in the design process where there is more flexibility, thus reducing potential costly mistakes discovered later in the development process. VPI strives to conduct concurrent engineering and parallelization of design activities where possible and applicable to projects undertaken.
Interested in learning more about how VPI can help you achieve your product design goals? Contact us today to discuss your project.