Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly 2/e

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 June 2004




Rigelsford, J. (2004), "Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly 2/e", Assembly Automation, Vol. 24 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly 2/e

Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly 2/e

G. Boothroyd, P. Dewhurst and W. KnightMarcel Dekker2002698 pp.ISBN 0-8247-0584-X£165.00(Hardcover)

Keywords: Design, Manufacture, Assembly

This revised edition provides comprehensive coverage of the essential concepts required for successful product design for manufacture and assembly. It is suitable for practicing and student engineers and includes analytical tools that enable designers to estimate the manufacturing and assembly costs of a proposed product early in the design process.

Chapter 1 introduces Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), its justification and example case studies. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss methods for the Selection of Materials and Processes, and Product Design for Manual Assembly, respectively. Electrical Connections and Wire Harness Assembly, Design for High-Speed Automatic Assembly and Robot Assembly, and Printed Circuit Board Design for Manufacture and Assembly are addressed in chapters 4-6.

The following three chapters discuss design for machining, injection molding, and sheet metal working, highlighting important design guidelines. Chapters 10-14 address design for die casting, powder metal processing, sand casting, investment casting, and hot forging. The final chapter of the book discusses Design for Manufacture and Computer-Aided Design.

“Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly” is clearly written and well illustrated. The fundamental concepts presented will be of use to most practicing and student engineers. Unfortunately, many of the examples given do not highlight some of their limitations, especially when applied to low production volumes. The blatant sales pitch for the authors' software detracts from the volume's otherwise excellent coverage of the subject.

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