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by the Thought-Leader of Product Development who wrote the Definitive Book on it

How to avoid most shortages now 
AND design new products for unlimited scalability.


; two just published methodologies onHOW TO AVOID SHORTAGES :

1: Design Products for Scalability with Availability and 2:  Avoid Off-shoring production and Supply chains

Make Research and Early Design Manufacturable  and, if not done, how to Commercialize products 

Design for .. . . . (DFX) Articles, including The Most Effective Product Development class:

All  54 original article topics (below) can be included in Webinars
taught to everyone anywhere


  DFM Article;  Designing in Quality;        Design for Growth;   Design for Scalability
 Implementing  DFM including Training              How Not to Do  DFM Training       Strategy for NPD and solar
How Training & Workshops should be Customized for Practicality and Relevance
Manufacturable Research *    Commercialization

  ( * = has email summary

Concurrent Engineering Articles

Concurrent Engineering of Challenging Products (white paper)          Why OffshorIng  thwarts C.E.  Saving cost & time with  Vendor/Partnerships       ,  Concurrent Engineering & BTO for Low-Volume; High-Mix Environments        Rationalization   to help going  back-to-work in many ways    Unique article: Strategy  and: Two exemples (in electronis and structures) for:
Cost  breakrhtoughs   Concept/Architecture optionization

Articles about Time 

Half the time to Stable Production    Time to Innovate        Order Fulfillment in Half the Time   Strategies for recessions and getting back to work quickly          How DFM can cut labor demands in half

articles  about Cost    

How to Design Producgts to Cut 9 categories of cost from half to 1/10 of the usual cost  Learn How to  Compete on price without sacrificing profits or raising profits without raising prices       Recession Strategies            Total_cost by expert who pioneered easy measurement approach.      The Only Way to Reduce Cost Later is: s Backward-compatible "drop-in" replacements for Existing and New Products  * 

Articles on Lean  rodustion & Build-to- Oorder

Designing products for Lean Production     Cellular/Flexible  Manufacturing
 Build-to-Order,     Mass Customization
with factory layouts for electronics and hardware
 Management Overview to Mass Customization *        Standardization  *   Low-volume / high-mix environments
    Seminars  on design for Lean, BTO, and platforms 
How to Design products that can be Built to Order as Product Families  with plant cell layouts  

Articles on Spontaneous Supply Chains

Spontaneous supply chains       Automatic Part  Resupply with illustration of  kanban
Availability of parts, materials, and processing equipment, see center of Manufacture Research
Commercialization of
acquired technology and what  not designed for manufacturable  research

 Articles on Design and Implementation Examples   

How to Design Ultra-Low-Cost Truss Structures   Unique article on   Half_Cost_Solar   with Case study on Concentrated Solar Power   Low cost   Machine Control with Linkages         Read the ultimate case-study of a greenfield BTO plant  based on these principles for the Hoffman Brand of Pentair
Results page that that shows the best client results in several categories.

Arcles on Counter-Productive Policies

"Changing time"  article: The Case Against Offshoring; and What to Replace it with.  

 Why Companies Can't Innovate and how to unleash innovation (Lists counter policies)
How_not_to_lower_cost  with new warninggs  about product development "processes"  that donít even have a Product Design phase and skip from "concept testing" to "prototype testing.."
7 Reasons Why "Cost Cuttine " after Design Doesn't Work;          Low-bidding       Offshoring

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 These  last three alone can drain away 2/3 of engineering resources!
(Cheap parts, bidding, & Offshring


It is Time to Learn New Ways* to Design & Build

and Stop doing what gets in the Way!

* The 590 page 2020 book has 814 topic sections


Reduce cost of machine frames & structures with "drop in" replacements:
 Steel Reduction Workshop  with many examples, like this one of a machine frame:

All of these article topics can be combined into
a customized two day DFM class or the
most advanced product development class


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       * To preview the principles on DFM & Concurrent Engineering, read the definitive book on the subject
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