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Holistic Consideration of Best Practices in Product Design, Quality, and Manufacturing Process Improvement through Design for Value

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Teaching - Best Practices

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23.664.1 - 23.664.10



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Merwan B Mehta East Carolina University

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Dr. Merwan Mehta is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University in the Technology Systems Department at Greenville, NC. Prior to joining academics, he has over twenty years of experience working as a machine tool design engineer, manufacturing engineer, manufacturing manager, vice-president, partner, and consultant. His present research interests are improving manufacturing productivity through Lean manufacturing principles and theory of constraints, and the pursuit of quality and variation control through six-sigma. He has conducted post-conference sessions in value stream mapping for the IIE’s Lean Solutions Conference since 2001, and has created and conducted several lean six-sigma process simulations. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) & the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), and is a member of the Association for Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), and a Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).

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Mark Angolia Indiana State University Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Angolia is a Ph.D. candidate in Technology Management, manufacturing concentration, offered through a consortium led by Indiana State University. To complement his research into design and manufacturing processes, he brings insights from his extensive experience in the automotive component supply chain through roles of quality manager, engineering manager, and manufacturing manager for passenger car and heavy duty applications. In addition to hands on product and process design experience, Mr. Angolia has been a full time instructor at East Carolina University in the Department of Technology Systems. He currently holds a Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Promoting the Importance of Product Design in Improving Process Productivity, Quality and Profitability Division: Manufacturing Division Mr. Mark Angolia, Ph. D. Student, Indiana State University, IN. Merwan Mehta, Ph. D. Advisor, East Carolina University, NC.AbstractIt is estimated that around 70% of the cost of a manufactured product is locked in at the productdesign stage, and around 80% of chronic quality problems in manufacturing can be traced toissues in product design. Hence, the importance of product design on efficient manufacturing andhigh quality products cannot be overstated.Manufacturers in the US have a tendency to compartmentalize its product design and processimprovement teams, which hinders the generation of synergies between the two groups that cansubstantially improve their overall profitability. Also, manufacturing engineering andmanufacturing engineering technology programs at universities teach these as independent andmutually exclusive concepts, which hamper students’ ability to use product design as a strategictool to realize quantum improvements in processes and productivity.Overview of Paper and PresentationIn this paper and session, what best practices in product design should be pursued bymanufacturing companies to have substantial reductions in resource requirements, andimprovement of quality through the control of variation will be discussed. Tools like design formanufacturing, design for assembly and design for quality will be demonstrated with case studiesto highlight what effect these can have on products and processes. The authors will articulatetheir concept titled “design for profitability” that brings all of these principles under one title.How design for profitability is presently woven into programs at East Carolina University will bediscussed. A future path for introduction of this concept in manufacturing engineering,manufacturing engineering technology and manufacturing technology based curricula also beshown.2013 ASEE Annual Conference

Mehta, M. B., & Angolia, M. (2013, June), Holistic Consideration of Best Practices in Product Design, Quality, and Manufacturing Process Improvement through Design for Value Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19678

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