Design For Manufacturability is the art of designing products in such a way that they are easy to assemble and manufacture. Attention to DFM from the onset of the design can
significantly lower manufacturing costs.
We recently helped a client tidy up a product that was designed with little thought to DFM. The product consisted of a main board as well as a LED daughter board connected with a non polarized ribbon cable. We eliminated; the daughter board, ribbon cable and four connectors by simply placing the status LED's on the back of the main board. This not only lowered the cost of the product but also enhanced reliability as the non-locking connector for the LED board was prone to fall off and or be installed backwards.