Why Design for Manufacturing Is More Important than Ever

May 14, 2021 — Vice President of Engineering

The right partner can review and offer design suggestions through DFM that significantly reduce your risk of issues or cost going into manufacturing.

Design for manufacturing is more critical than ever in this post pandemic world. Neglect to any function of your manufacturing and engineering process could result in a negative impact on the relationship with your customers. In a world where quality hardware is a key function of our infrastructure, why risk delivering a sub-par product?

For example, Scale Computing’s need for DFM. In their earlier days, the company had instances of hardware arriving to customers with hard drive issues. Turns out, some of the drives were dislodged in transit. When Scale switched to MBX Systems, our engineering team was able to diagnose the issue and prescribe an economical solution – inserting a small rubber spacer between the backplane and the hard drive to prevent disturbance during shipping.

“This one-cent spacer has made the difference between reliability and unreliability in the chassis,” said Craig Theriac, Scale’s Vice President of Product Management. “That means the world to our customers and, of course, our reputation.”

DFM benefits include: 

  • Proper hardware design = cost efficiencies. Proper design of your products can result in less down time and labor costs. For example, the medical industry requires devices that are long lasting and rugged. Hospitals rely on the uptime of their devices such as medical carts and MRI machines, so DFM can be a matter of quality care for their patients.
  • Hardware efficiency. Biotech and Life-science companies rely on efficient hardware as these industries are very quickly adopting Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. When using the DFM process, companies identify all of the use cases for their hardware to make sure it meets the quality standard of the software being integrated onto it. Other key factors to keep in mind are the power supply, thermal design and portability of these hardware designs. Every component is an integral part of the function of the hardware.
  • Industry standards of quality. Rugged components are crucial in training devices for flight instruction and military battlefield use cases. With MBX’s DFM process, we would create and test a prototype of the system with the highest-quality components to meet the criteria to ensure reliability and consistency of your product.

At MBX Systems, we have also created an industry-first cloud based toolset called MBX Hatch™ to provide customers with end-to-end transparency into the details of their products. Gain instant visibility on every system component from motherboards to memory, and so much more. Forecast your product updates to align with component lifecycles as well as gain insights on the supply chain.

Take advantage of MBX’s design for manufacturing process to gain the competitive edge that sets you apart from your competitors. Good business starts with good engineering at MBX Systems.

Check out the original article from Industrial Equipment News or contact us for more information on design for manufacturing.

Roger Lam


Vice President of Engineering

Roger leads a multi-functional team of engineers at MBX that develop, verify and maintain next-gen hardware platforms for complex technologies including Kori, MBX’s modular mobile platform for computer vision applications. Roger has 18 years of experience developing medtech computing devices for developers of all sizes, including GE, Siemens and Phillips.

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