Design for Excellence (DFx) Design for Excellence (Dfx)

Typically 70 to 80% of a product’s cost is locked in at the earliest stages of product development.  It is at this point that a product’s configuration begins to emerge and decisions begin to be made regarding the materials and manufacturing processes to be involved.  Much of the potential for product quality is also locked in with these decisions. 

Concurrent engineering strategies such as Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, Supplier Costing, Test and Servicing focus upon creating product design enviroments where these historically downstream considerations are moved to the earliest stages of product design and become influential in the design process itself.

This same approach applies equally to other functional areas within organizations.  For example, business systems should be designed with great attention to and consideration of the variation, tolerances and capabilities of the processes supported.


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This video presentation by Intel begins at a basic level, but then grows progressively more detailed as it goes into more depth for design considerations, trade-offs and optimization. (Length = 47:16)
Informative SMT guidance by Intel providing an overview of the SMT processes and design considerations:

PowerPoint presentation with overview of DFT for circuits and systems.
A detailed DFT PowerPoint presentation by Teradyne showing specific circuit board design criteria and circuit recommendations to improve inspectability and testability coverage and effectiveness.
A series of Case Studies by Boothroyd Dewhurst showing the impact of DFM and DFA efforts across a wide variety of applications and industries:

“Robust System Design from Unreliable Components” is a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation that addresses numerous fault tolerant design methods, reliability concerns and other resilience strategies.
IPC standards that are widely accepted within the Electronics industry. For IPC information: