Designing, Manufacturing and Supporting Affordable Products

  • Designing, Manufacturing and Supporting Affordable Products

Designing, Manufacturing and Supporting Affordable Products


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In today’s marketplace, customer expectations for safe, reliable products with new and enhanced features, all at very affordable prices, presents some serious challenges to system engineers and manufacturers. In addition, customers have an expectation that the products they purchase will be economical to own and operate over time. This is especially true in the automotive industry, as numerous vehicle comparison websites are now utilizing cost per mile of operation as a primary comparison metric. These metric calculations are based on the total cost of ownership for the vehicle (e.g., purchase price, insurance, maintenance, fuel consumption, etc.) and, as such, require system engineers and manufacturers to consider all aspects of product performance from the initial design and production phases to the end of the product’s useful life.

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The series name has a double meaning:
(1) the spelling of the name r-e-l-e-a-s-e indicates that the series is intended to “release“ the non-expert down the path to reliable products and
(2) the complementary terms “REL” with “ease”, implying the series goal of “reliability made easy.”

Of course, reliability success is seldom easy, requiring expertise and tailoring with tradeoffs addressing life-cycle costs and other issues, but we hope that the series will help those not familiar with reliability practices understand the basics.

While it is unlikely that the reader will become an instant expert in reliability by reading the RELease guides, it is likely that he/she will gain a better appreciation of the basic tools that lead to designing and building reliability into products and systems. The number of pages in each guide is intentionally limited to address only the basics, with comprehensive authoritative references listed for those wanting to know more. The initial set of guides will be continuously expanded in the future. Please let us know how the series can be improved to meet your needs in introducing reliability to the non-expert, or suggest other topics you would like to see developed.

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Paul Lein





Publication Date:

December 2013

Table of Contents

1. What is an Affordable Product? 2
  1.1 A Note on Return on Investment (ROI) 3
2. Affordability Terminology 4
3. Designing an Affordable Product 5
  3.1 The Impact of Reliability on Affordability 5
    3.1.1 Customer/End-User Reliability Requirements and Expectations 8
    3.1.2 Warranties 8
    3.1.3 Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) 10
  3.2 The Impact of Maintainability on Affordability 11
4. Building an Affordable Product 14
  4.1 The Impact of Manufacturing and Quality on Affordability 14
5. Supporting an Affordable Product 17
  5.1 The Impact of Supportability on Affordability 17
6. Example 20
7. Conclusions: 29
8. For More Information 29

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