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Motorola Solutions

“Senior leadership challenged us to come up with a methodology for measuring whether our designs were improving.” “So in 2012, we formed a global DFA team and worked to come up with a unified process.” “DFA clearly shows what parts are required by product function and what parts can be eliminated.” “As the software steps through the process, it illustrates how you can achieve significant cost avoidance by identifying opportunities for simplification of product structure.”

International Game Technology

“What was different with DFMA was the level of creativity it drew out. It turned the team training exercise into an environment that was fun to work in.” “DFMA gave us a systematic and structured approach to address and satisfy electrical, mechanical, and assembly issues. That paid off, even on our first project with the software.”


“DFM has proven to be a powerful tool in understanding and negotiating better component pricing within Dynisco. In many instances it has helped validate that competitive pricing is being achieved and that the need to jump from supplier to supplier in order to reduce cost is minimized.” “The SCO is in a much better position to evaluate its supply base for fair pricing, the best manufacturing options and the most efficient methods.”

Dell Computer

“DFMA is a fundamental business process for the Dell engineering team because it supports our holistic approach to cost. It helps us analyze our designs and make decisions that lower overall costs, not just product costs.” “Increased manufacturing throughput, reduced damage rates, higher quality, streamlined logistics, and faster delivery are all outcomes of weaving DFMA into the development cycle.”


“One of the biggest benefits of DFA is the facilitation of communication within cross-functional teams. DFA provides fact-based data, that is easy to understand and to verify, for everyone. “DFA was also used with success for benchmarking of competitive products. It was found that estimated assembly times are in a range of 10% of the later calculated MTM times. This was very helpful data in an early state of development for upper-management decisions.”


“The BDI tool works right out of the box. Its libraries have material costs built into them. And it’s set up so you can change them if you have data that better suits your industry. That’s a big advantage. “The tool is valuable because it allows you to do ‘what ifs,’ you can change the material of the part in the software and get an instant answer on how that would impact cost.”


Harley-Davidson is working with its vendors to reduce costs while allowing the vendor his profit margins. “At the core of our program is the understanding that real savings come from helping suppliers reduce the cost of materials and improve the manufacturability of their designs. The software accurately models part costs, providing a quantitative basis for evaluating competing design alternatives.”

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