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DFX Considerations: Embedding Testability and Diagnostics

An often-overlooked DFX priority is the incorporation of testability and diagnostic capabilities throughout the product design. These features play a crucial role in identifying and resolving issues during both manufacturing and field use.

At the manufacturing level, strategically placed test points and self-diagnostic routines allow assembly line workers to quickly verify the proper functioning of individual subassemblies. This prevents problems from propagating further down the line, reducing costly rework and scrap.

For example, adding test points to check the output of a critical circuit board before it is integrated into the final product can catch defects early. And built-in diagnostics that automatically run quick health checks on core systems can flag any anomalies for immediate attention.

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The focus and discipline of DFX is a powerful tool if used as part of a broader strategic approach to developing product/process differentiation, and a sustainable advantage against competition. Involve Design for X in Strategy. Once your team has determined the focus of your strategy, place the focus of design on developing competitive advantage. 

At Boston Engineering, DFX is a core part of creating values during our product development process. We focus on several key DFX areas that align with our expertise:

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Embedding Testability and Diagnostics

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Beyond the factory floor, well-designed testability and diagnostic features also benefit the end user. Clear access points and intuitive troubleshooting guides empower customers to identify and resolve basic issues on their own, reducing the burden on support resources.

For repairable products, features like status LEDs, error codes, and easy-access test points are invaluable for pinpointing the root cause of failures. And for single-use or disposable devices, simple functional tests can provide assurance that the product is operating as intended prior to use.

Ultimately, thoughtful incorporation of testability and diagnostics is a hallmark of great DFX. It minimizes manufacturing defects, simplifies maintenance and repair, and enhances the overall user experience. By making these capabilities a core part of the design process, you can ensure your products deliver reliable, hassle-free performance throughout their lifecycle.

Interested in providing your product development team with DFX skills? Learn More about our Applied DFX process and development workshops.

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 Understanding the Importance of a DFX approach

Applying Design for X (DFX) methodologies upfront in product development optimizes the entire lifecycle by improving manufacturability, testability, reliability, usability, and other critical characteristics. This avoids costly redesigns later on, facilitates high-quality products that satisfy customers, reduces manufacturing and service costs, and supports flexibility through modularity and platforms. The holistic perspective of DFX drives efficient, cost-effective delivery of successful products that provide competitive advantage. Investing in DFX early pays dividends across the entire product lifespan.

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Education is critical to effectively implement DFX principles. We provide training tailored to your engineers’ roles and product lines. This includes overall DFX methodology, deep dives into specific disciplines like design for reliability or manufacturability, and practical application workshops. Our hands-on approach combines real-world examples and case studies with tutorials on leading DFX software tools. The goal is building organizational DFX expertise and establishing repeatable processes that endure beyond individual projects. Investing in DFX knowledge pays dividends across your entire product portfolio. 

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The Boston Engineering product development system encompasses DFX to ensure a smooth product launch and success in the marketplace.  Boston Engineering has DFX knowledge and experience to address aspects and values of a product such as manufacturability, test, reliability, safety, serviceability, cost, and compliance with industry standards and government regulations.



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