Understanding Design for Manufacturing (DFM) at mPackting

Understanding Design for Manufacturing (DFM) at mPackting

mPackting offers Design for Manufacturing (DFM) services to design products with the goal of producing them at the lowest possible cost without compromising their performance.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a process of designing components or products with the goal of producing them at the lowest possible cost without compromising their performance. This process must be implemented in the early stages of product development to simplify the production process, reduce production costs, create more sustainable products, and shorten the time-to-market.

What is Design for Manufacturing (DFM)?

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing components or products with the goal of producing them at the lowest possible cost without compromising their performance. This is achieved through simplification, optimization, and completion of the product design. DFM is often abbreviated as DFMA, which stands for 'Design for Manufacturing and Assembly.' It is an essential step that must be taken before the final steps of product development as it can be rather expensive if implemented later. Manufacturing design is usually carried out after concept consolidation, prototype realization, and positive testing completion for final design purposes.

Why is it important?

Designing for manufacturing is crucial for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it results in a simpler production process, improved product quality, and reduced production costs. Secondly, it shortens the time-to-market, provides greater production scalability, and creates a more sustainable product with reduced production waste costs. Thirdly, it minimizes the risk of new product development by identifying possible production issues at the start of project planning.

Major factors of Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

To achieve effective DFM, five basic factors must be taken into consideration: the production process, design, material, environment, and conformity. There are also influential factors to consider that can optimize product performance and cost. These include the number of product parts, standardization of parts and materials, modular design creation, assembly of parts without screws, fasteners, or adhesives, and sales forecast. Implementing DFM reduces the time-to-market by 40%, and the cost of production can be reduced significantly if the DFM is done during the initial project planning phase. At mPackting, we provide a careful step-by-step analysis of project planning to create an appealing, efficient, sustainable, and affordable beauty packaging.

mPackting and DFM

When it comes to sustainable beauty packaging solutions, mPackting incorporates DFM principles to create packaging that is both environmentally friendly and efficient to manufacture. This involves using materials that are low carbon, recycled or biodegradable, minimizing the amount of packaging needed, and designing the packaging to be easily disassembled for recycling. Additionally, we constantly search for alternative materials and manufacturing methods that have a lower environmental impact.

At mPackting we consider the entire lifecycle of the product when designing sustainable beauty packaging solutions. This includes considering the transportation and storage of the product, as well as the end-of-life disposal options. By taking a holistic approach to packaging design, designers can create products that are both sustainable and efficient to manufacture.

For more information, check out our D.R.E.A.M. principles here!

In conclusion, DFM is an essential process that must be implemented in the early stages of product development. It simplifies the production process, reduces production costs, creates more sustainable products, and shortens the time-to-market. Therefore, it is important to consider the basic and influential factors while designing a product. With our thorough project development cycle at mPackting, we can help you achieve effective DFM to create a high-quality, cost-effective, and sustainable product.

Paolo Minelli
Paolo Minelli
Minelli Systems Director
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