Design Technology: Part Integration in Product Design

Part Integration can save millions of $ to global OEMs for each set of components that can be integrated. However it is important to understand its pros and cons while implementing it as a technique in Product Design. If executed well - it offers several advantages:

  • Lower part weight and overall process costs
  • Enhanced reliability and higher MTBF
  • Reduced assembly and secondary operations time
  • Reduced energy consumtion and better eco footprint
  • Optimum quality and functional control
  • Reduced material handling and processing
  • Easier to recycle at the end of life
  • For the OEM it often leads to Total Cost Out
  • For the Toolmaker it means lowering tooling costs
  • For the Moulder it means tighter process control
  • For the Designer it means greater complexity
  • Finally it all adds to more predictable control over performance and service life, amongst all above advantages.

Exceptions to consider:

  • Combinations of extreme functional differences
  • Integrations requiring over specification of primary material
  • Emerging complexity of tooling and manufacturing due to integration of components & features.
  • Situations where "critical parameters" vary dramatically such as thermal variations or point loads...
  • Combinations where life expectancy of parts varies
  • Where servicability costs increase due to integration.

If the designers can understand such considerations in the process of conceptualizing & solution building, advanced design evaluations can be done, and a great competitive product design can evolve that benefits the manufacturer and end-user alike.

"Part Integration in Design" course is available at udemy.com. The course offers detailed methods, calculators and examples of part integration techniques. 

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