Abstract (Summary)
Design is the creative process by which our understanding of logic and science is joined with our understanding of human needs and wants to conceive and refine artifacts that serve specific human purposes. Quality Design is that process and activity that needs to be carried out to enable the manufacture of a product that fully meets customer requirements. The ultimate aim of design is essentially to satisfy all the direct and indirect needs of the internal, intermediate and final users. Hence, designing process forms the crux of all the operations in any organization. With strong competition from all over the world and strong customer awareness for quality, manufacturers have to look hard at how they can achieve a competitive edge that will keep them alive and hopefully take them into a leadership position. Much has been done in production to reduce the workforce, speed up production lines and generally address the quality of the manufactured product. The role of design in the product delivery process seems to have had much less emphasis applied to it and it may be in this area that we can now begin to make the most significant gains in product quality. But, not only is it necessary that the organization take steps to solve this problem on-hand but also, it is very much important that the steps in the direction be taken at earnest because the users needs are dynamic in nature and more often than not it has been researched that his wants and needs change by the time a solution is developed.It is here that the role of Information-technology plays a very important part. The advantages of the integration of technology with the design process cannot be neglected. The use of programs to develop an optimal design has increased the efficiency and the quality of manufacturing. The implementation of a software interface to design for disassembly will facilitate not only in determining accurately the existing times for disassembly and identifying anomalies in the product design from the disassembly perspective but also gives it a more professional, organized and logical approach. However, the final decision regarding design alteration would be a human one and would be based on the technical, economic and operational feasibility.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:design for disassembly quantitative parameters


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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