Don't try DFM Training "On the Cheap"
Companies can not “get DFM” by sending a couple of engineers to a public DFM
• Public classes are all general in nature and are not oriented to your industry
or customized to your products.
• In fact, many DFM classes are oriented to high-volume mass-production, which
would be inappropriate to low-volume/high-mix environments. And the instructor
will be unlikely to answer questions for different environments.
• Even it some of the class applies, the returning engineer will not be able to
“spread the word” and may become frustrated trying
Bringing in Low-bid Trainers
Low-cost local profs or wanna-be consultants with little experience in your
industry, may be oriented to mass production and may not have enough experience
to orient the training to your industry or customize it to your products.
“Trainers” with Hidden Agendas
“Trainers” that sell software or expensive subsequent services can offer a
low-cost “class” which will only provide benefits if the company signs up for
the subsequent programs or license their software for a few “seats” for
specialists who will analyze designs in a search for improvements after design.
This is not recommended for reasons cited at
Don’t Limit Training to Just Engineers
This doesn’t save cost for leading-edge training, since the best training is
fixed price anyway because , after all, it does cost experienced trainers the
same cost for a class full, but provides 2 or 3 times the benefit to the
company. Some low-bid trainers may charge per person, but that would decrease
the chance of any customization. Finally, engineers themselves may not be able
to change much of the product development culture (next point)
Rather, Train the Entire Product Development Community
If a company want to make real changes to product development and make
significant improvements to cost, time, bidding success, customization, part
availability, delivery time, profits, and growth, then the company will have to
arrange training that thoroughly teaches all these topics to the entire product
development community, including management. See
You Only Get One Chance
Keep in mind that you only get one chance at DFM training. If the training is
bad, it will give the message, or even confirm preconceived notions, that DFM is
useless and therefore engineers should continue to design only for function. If
that happens, it will be hard to get engineers to attend a better class later,
not to mention all the opportunities lost in the intervening time.
Call Dr. Anderson at 1-805-924-0100 to
discuss implementing these techniques or e-mail him at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name,
title, company, phone, types of products, and needs/opportunities.
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