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Best Product Development quality tools available

On-site training workshop for the powerful DFMA Product Development tool

Background of the DFMA tool

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) is the process of proactively designing products to optimise all the manufacturing functions and assure the best product performance. Parts are designed for ease of fabrication and commonality with other designs. DFMA encourages standardisation of parts, maximum use of purchased parts, modular design, and standard design features. Designers will save time and costs by not having to “re-invent the wheel”. This tool is sometimes known as Design For Manufacture (DFM) and Design For Assembly (DFA).

The DFMA tool

The design stage is very important in product design. Most of the product lifecycle costs are committed at design stage. The product design is not just based on good design but it should be possible to produce by manufacturing as well. There’s no point having a good design if it is difficult, impossible or costly to produce.
The manufacturing of a part or a product must be considered as being part of the design of the part or product. It is not a separate entity that someone else deals with after the part or product has been designed. The DFMA tool is a structured process that encourages the design engineers to very seriously consider how their design will be manufactured. The DFMA process steps are:

  • The cost of re-work
  • Manufacturing problems both current and past
  • Number of parts
  • Modular designs
  • Standard components
  • Ease of manufacturing
  • Manufacturing capabilities
  • Mistake proofing (poka-yoke)
  • Parts orientation and handling
  • Automated production
  • Fasteners
  • Flexible parts and interconnections
  • Assembly direction
  • Adjustments and settings
  • Design tolerances

The DFMA training course

The DFMA tool can be used where any parts or products are being developed and is used extensively in the Automotive environment. Essentially the DFMA process should be applied in the development of any products where, efficient and effective manufacture and assembly is important. This could be in new product concepts or if the market is very competitive and a product advantage is needed.

This one day on-site DFMA training course starts with an overview of the DFMA tool and the DFMA process.The intent of this and all our training courses is not to tell or show the trainees what to do but to impart the capability to perform the required tasks. There is no limit to the number of trainees but we strongly recommend no more than 5 individuals attend per course. We find that if there are any more than this the training becomes ineffective and wasteful.

This course is targeted at the product design engineers, the manufacturing engineers and the programme managers delivering new products. This training course is given in English. All our courses are designed to be informal and are based around a series of discussions and practical exercises. A DFMA excel template is provided.

Another great training opportunity from Product Development Consultants

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Business troubleshooting – on-line workshops, consultancy and mentoring

Business troubleshooting

Troubleshooting a failing business can be a very challenging project to undertake as there are so many options to follow. Finding the true root causes of a failing business may mean digging deeper than you might think. Many times the business leadership team will be chasing symptoms and not causes and there are so many areas of your business to look at, including the people involved.

This may even involve the business owner looking into a mirror to find the problem. Businesses are owned and run by people and any business is only as good as the capability of the leadership team. The leadership team knowledge zones, comfort zones and activity zones are frequently to blame whereas, for example, offering the wrong products is actually a symptom and not the root cause.

These proven business troubleshooting strategies and methods will provide you with the information you’ll need to resolve the problems within your business and provide you with the most suitable way forward.

On-line workshops

These business troubleshooting on-line workshops guide you through a step by step process which you can follow at your own pace. This training workshop is given in English and is designed to impart knowledge and capability, allowing you to re-use the information over and over again.

All the necessary worksheets, templates and examples are given as part of the on-line workshops.

The user name and keycode can be used as many times as needed and by as many individuals as needed.

Consultancy

With consultancy we will work on your behalf and with your support. We will analyze your current position and needs, then produce your desired results.

The consultancy can be delivered at your business, remotely or a combination of both depending on demand and location.

Mentoring

Mentoring is a long term relationship that imparts the necessary information and skills you’ll need as your business moves forward. With the mentoring program we’ll work with you on a one to one basis to help you and your business by sharing the knowledge and insights needed to facilitate your personal and professional troubleshooting.

The mentoring program is delivered through weekly meetings which can be face to face or via the phone depending on your location. There is also unlimited email support for you.

Another great business solution from Product Development Consultants

Web based training workshop for the powerful DFMA Product Development tool

Background of the DFMA tool

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) is the process of proactively designing products to optimise all the manufacturing functions and assure the best product performance. Parts are designed for ease of fabrication and commonality with other designs. DFMA encourages standardisation of parts, maximum use of purchased parts, modular design, and standard design features. Designers will save time and costs by not having to “re-invent the wheel”. This tool is sometimes known as Design For Manufacture (DFM) and Design For Assembly (DFA).

The DFMA tool

The design stage is very important in product design. Most of the product lifecycle costs are committed at design stage. The product design is not just based on good design but it should be possible to produce by manufacturing as well. There’s no point having a good design if it is difficult, impossible or costly to produce.
The manufacturing of a part or a product must be considered as being part of the design of the part or product. It is not a separate entity that someone else deals with after the part or product has been designed. The DFMA tool is a structured process that encourages the design engineers to very seriously consider how their design will be manufactured. The DFMA process steps are:

  • The cost of re-work
  • Manufacturing problems both current and past
  • Number of parts
  • Modular designs
  • Standard components
  • Ease of manufacturing
  • Manufacturing capabilities
  • Mistake proofing (poka-yoke)
  • Parts orientation and handling
  • Automated production
  • Fasteners
  • Flexible parts and interconnections
  • Assembly direction
  • Adjustments and settings
  • Design tolerances

Applications of the DFMA tool

The DFMA tool can be used where any parts or products are being developed and is used extensively in the Automotive environment. Essentially the DFMA process should be applied in the development of any products where, efficient and effective manufacture and assembly is important. This could be in new product concepts or if the market is very competitive and a product advantage is needed.

The DFMA training course

This on-line DFMA training course starts with an overview of the DFMA tool and the DFMA process. The training course then guides the trainee through a step by step process of how to conduct the DFMA process throughout the product development cycle. Worked examples are given of an DFMA applied to product development. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to conduct the DFMA process. This DFMA training course comes complete with a free download of an DFMA template and the necessary charts. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

This on-line DFMA training workshop is for anyone undertaking product development activities where efficient and effective manufacture is important. A DFMA excel template is provided.

Another great on-line training workshop from Product Development Consultants

On-site training workshop for the powerful FMEA analysis tool

Background of the FMEA tool

The Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) tool forms the heart of robust product development. Developed from the engineering community the FMEA analysis tool can be applied to any goods, services or processes that are being developed. The FMEA analysis tool has also been successfully deployed in problem solving situations as it brings discipline and structure to the problem analysis.

The FMEA tool

The FMEA analysis tool essentially breaks the product down into parts and considers the function of each part of the product. All the potential failures of each part are then reviewed and scored to give a set of priorities. The product developers can then change the goods, services and processes to avoid the potential failure from occurring. As the failures never occur the customers never experience them. The quality of the goods, services or processes are thereby improved.

The FMEA analysis tool can be used where any goods, services or processes are being developed. Applications include; design of consumer goods, website development, restaurant front of house error proofing, manufacturing process development, hotel services, software development etc. Essentially the FMEA analysis tool should be applied in the development of any goods, services and processes where error proofing will improve the quality of the product offered to the customers.

The FMEA training course

This on-site FMEA training course starts with an overview of the FMEA tool and the FMEA process. The training course then guides the trainee through the step by step process of how to conduct an FMEA on goods, services and processes. Worked examples are given of an FMEA as applied to goods, services and processes. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to perform an FMEA. This FMEA analysis tool training course comes complete with the FMEA process template. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

This course is targeted at the product design engineers, the manufacturing engineers and the programme managers delivering new products. All our courses are designed to be informal and are based around a series of discussions and practical exercises.

Another great training course from Product Development Consultants

On-site training workshop for the powerful APQP product quality process

Background of the APQP tool

The Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process forms the very heart of robust product development. Developed for the engineering community the APQP tool can be applied to any goods, services or processes that are being developed. The APQP tool has also been successfully deployed in problem solving situations as it brings discipline and structure to the problem analysis.

The APQP tool

The APQP process essentially breaks product development down into 5 basic steps and puts product quality at the heart of each step. The 5 APQP steps are:

  • Plan and define the program
  • Product design and development
  • Process design and development
  • Product and process validation
  • Feedback assessment and corrective action

Applications of the APQP tool

The APQP tool can be used where any goods, services or processes are being developed and is used extensively in the Automotive environment. Essentially the APQP process should be applied in the development of any products where error proofing will improve the quality of the product offered to the customers.

The APQP training course

This one day on-site APQP PPAP training course starts with an overview of the APQP tool and the APQP process.The intent of this and all our training courses is not to tell or show the trainees what to do but to impart the capability to perform the required tasks. There is no limit to the number of trainees but we strongly recommend no more than 5 individuals attend per course. We find that if there are any more than this the training becomes ineffective and wasteful.

This course is targeted at the product design engineers, the manufacturing engineers and the programme managers delivering new products. This training course is given in English. All our courses are designed to be informal and are based around a series of discussions and practical exercises.

Another great training course from Product Development Consultants

On site training for the Product Development QFD tool

Background of the QFD tool

The Quality Function Deployment (QFD) process is a structured approach to defining customer requirements and needs, and then translating them into specific plans and specifications to produce products to meet the customer needs. The customer requirements and needs are sometimes referred to as the “voice of the customer”. This is the term used to describe the stated and unstated customer requirements and needs.

The QFD tool

The QFD process is oriented toward involving a team of qualified and experienced individuals representing the various functional departments of a company that are involved in product development. This should include and not be limited to:

  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Design Engineering
  • Quality Assurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Test Engineering
  • Finance
  • Product Support

The QFD tools works by analysing the stated customer needs against the product concept in a matrix known as the “House of Quality“. It is in this matrix that the associations are made between the stated customer needs and the product’s ability to fulfill those needs. In this way the product specification can be adapted and modified to best meet the needs of the customer.

The House of Quality comprises rooms or steps to the QFD process. These are:

  • Step 1 – The Customer Requirements Room
  • Step 2 – The Customer Importance Ratings Room
  • Step 3 – The Customer Competitive Assessment Room
  • Step 4 – The Functional Requirements Room – “Voice of the Engineer”
  • Step 5 – The Direction of Improvement Room
  • Step 6 – The Relationships Matrix Room
  • Step 7 – The Organisational Difficulty Room
  • Step 8 – The Technical Competitive Assessment Room
  • Step 9 – The Target Values for Technical Descriptors Room
  • Step 10 – The Correlation Matrix Room
  • Step 11 – The Absolute Importance and Relative Importance Rooms
QFD House of Quality

The QFD training course

The QFD tool can be used where any goods, services or processes are being developed and is used extensively in the Automotive environment. Essentially the QFD process should be applied in the development of any products where, meeting the needs of the customer very well, is important. This could be in new product concepts or if the market is very competitive and a product advantage is needed.

This one day on-site QFD training course starts with an overview of the QFD tool and the QFD process.The intent of this and all our training courses is not to tell or show the trainees what to do but to impart the capability to perform the required tasks. There is no limit to the number of trainees but we strongly recommend no more than 5 individuals attend per course. We find that if there are any more than this the training becomes ineffective and wasteful.

This course is targeted at the product design engineers, the manufacturing engineers and the programme managers delivering new products. This training course is given in English. All our courses are designed to be informal and are based around a series of discussions and practical exercises. A QFD excel template is provided.

Another great training solution from Product Development Consultants

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) training

Background of the FMEA tool

The Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) tool forms the heart of robust product development. Developed from the engineering community the FMEA analysis tool can be applied to any goods, services or processes that are being developed. The FMEA analysis tool has also been successfully deployed in problem solving situations as it brings discipline and structure to the problem analysis.

The FMEA tool

The FMEA analysis tool essentially breaks the product down into parts and considers the function of each part of the product. All the potential failures of each part are then reviewed and scored to give a set of priorities. The product developers can then change the goods, services and processes to avoid the potential failure from occurring. As the failures never occur the customers never experience them. The quality of the goods, services or processes are thereby improved.

Applications of the FMEA tool

The FMEA analysis tool can be used where any goods, services or processes are being developed. Applications include; design of consumer goods, website development, restaurant front of house error proofing, manufacturing process development, hotel services, software development etc. Essentially the FMEA analysis tool should be applied in the development of any goods, services and processes where error proofing will improve the quality of the product offered to the customers.

The FMEA training course

This on-line training course starts with an overview of the FMEA analysis tool and the FMEA process. The training course then guides the trainee through a step by step process of how to conduct an FMEA on goods, services and processes. Worked examples are given of an FMEA applied to goods, services and processes. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to perform an FMEA. This FMEA training course comes complete with a free download of the FMEA process template and the necessary scoring charts. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

Another great training course from Product Development Consultants

Web based SWOT training available

Background of the SWOT analysis tool

The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis tool forms the heart of identifying the right products to develop. Developed from the marketing community the SWOT analysis tool can be applied to any goods, services and processes that are under consideration. The SWOT analysis tool has also been successfully deployed in other business situations where several options or solutions are being considered.

The SWOT analysis tool

The SWOT analysis tool (combined with brainstorming activities and other investigative methods) essentially lists the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to an area of interest. For example a potential new product compared to that of a competitor. The main thrust of this tool is to turn all the identified strengths, weaknesses and threats into opportunities. These opportunities can then be exploited to give a competitive business advantage.

The SWOT analysis training course

This on-line training course starts with an overview of the SWOT analysis tool and the SWOT analysis process. The training course then guides the trainee through a step by step process of how to conduct a SWOT analysis on goods, services and processes. Worked examples are given of a SWOT analysis applied to goods, services and processes. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to perform a SWOT analysis. This SWOT analysis training course comes complete with a free download of the SWOT analysis template. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

Another great web based training workshop from Product Development Consultants

Eight Discipline (8D) problem solving process

Background of the 8D tool

The 8D problem solving tool forms the heart of any thorough problem solving process. Developed from the engineering community the 8D problem solving tool can be applied to any goods, services or processes that are experiencing problems either during development or are currently in operation.

The 8D tool

The 8D tool divides the problem solving process into sequential steps giving the problem solving team structure to their work. Each step has its own process and activities. This 8D tool has been recently improved with an additional step added at the start of the process and an additional replicate step added in recognition of the need to maximise the effects of the work carried out. The process steps are:

  1. Identify the need for a problem resolution
  2. Establish the problem resolution team
  3. Describe the problem
  4. Develop containment
  5. Define the root cause of the defined problem
  6. Develop a permanent corrective action
  7. Validate and implement the permanent corrective action
  8. Prevent the problem from reoccurring
  9. Replicate the solution
  10. Recognise the team

Please note that this training course details all ten steps whereas the traditional 8D retains only the original 8 steps.

Applications of the 8D tool

The 8D tool can be used where any problems are encountered with any goods, services or processes. Applications include problems in; design of consumer goods, website development, restaurant front of house operations, manufacturing process development, hotel services, software development etc. Essentially the 8D problem solving tool should be applied in the the problem resolution of problems encountered with any goods, services and processes. The main point of the 8D tool is to establish the root cause of the problem and give solutions that can be robustly applied. This minimises the exposure of the problem to the customer and to the business, whether the problem area is in development or currently in operation.

The 8D training course

This on-line training course starts with an overview of the 8D problem solving tool and the 8D process. The training course then guides the trainee through a step by step process of how to conduct an 8D on goods, services and processes. A worked example is given of an 8D applied to a production process. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to perform an 8D. This 8D problem solving training course comes complete with a free download of the 8D template. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

Taking the 8D training course

Access to this great on-line 8D problem solving training course is time limited and not usage limited. Once payment or an order has been received we will issue a user name and a keycode that gives unlimited user access to the training course. This user name and keycode can be used as many times as needed and by as many individuals as needed.

The Product Development Quality Function Deployment (QFD) process explained

Background of the QFD tool

The Quality Function Deployment (QFD) process is a structured approach to defining customer requirements and needs, and then translating them into specific plans and specifications to produce products to meet the customer needs. The customer requirements and needs are sometimes referred to as the “voice of the customer”. This is the term used to describe the stated and unstated customer requirements and needs.

The QFD tool

The QFD process is oriented toward involving a team of qualified and experienced individuals representing the various functional departments of a company that are involved in product development. This should include and not be limited to:

  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Design Engineering
  • Quality Assurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Test Engineering
  • Finance
  • Product Support

The QFD tools works by analysing the stated customer needs against the product concept in a matrix known as the “House of Quality“. It is in this matrix that the associations are made between the stated customer needs and the product’s ability to fulfill those needs. In this way the product specification can be adapted and modified to best meet the needs of the customer.

The House of Quality comprises rooms or steps to the QFD process. These are:

  • Step 1 – The Customer Requirements Room
  • Step 2 – The Customer Importance Ratings Room
  • Step 3 – The Customer Competitive Assessment Room
  • Step 4 – The Functional Requirements Room – “Voice of the Engineer”
  • Step 5 – The Direction of Improvement Room
  • Step 6 – The Relationships Matrix Room
  • Step 7 – The Organisational Difficulty Room
  • Step 8 – The Technical Competitive Assessment Room
  • Step 9 – The Target Values for Technical Descriptors Room
  • Step 10 – The Correlation Matrix Room
  • Step 11 – The Absolute Importance and Relative Importance Rooms
QFD House of Quality

Applications of the QFD tool

The QFD tool can be used where any goods, services or processes are being developed and is used extensively in the Automotive environment. Essentially the QFD process should be applied in the development of any products where, meeting the needs of the customer very well, is important. This could be in new product concepts or if the market is very competitive and a product advantage is needed.

The QFD training course

This on-line QFD training course starts with an overview of the QFD tool and the QFD process. The training course then guides the trainee through a step by step process of how to conduct the QFD process throughout the product development cycle. Worked examples are given of an QFD applied to product development. This training course is given in English and is designed to impart the capability to conduct the QFD process. This QFD training course comes complete with a free download of an QFD template and the necessary charts. No prior knowledge is required or assumed and no special tools are needed.

This on-line QFD training workshop is for anyone undertaking product development activities where meeting the customer needs is important. A QFD excel template is provided.

Taking the QFD training course

Access to this great on-line QFD training course is time limited and not usage limited. Once payment has been received we will issue a user name and a keycode that gives unlimited user access to the training course. This user name and keycode can be used as many times as needed and by as many individuals as needed.