This course addresses product design. Product design defines the product.
Process design determines how it will be produced and which resources will be
used to produce it. Much of the data created in the design process is required
to support operations planning and control.
In this course, we will highlight the elements of product and process design
and the basic data used to support the planning and control of operations.
We will begin by discussing manufacturing feasibility, which is the stage in
which much of the data required to plan and control items is created. Then we
will cover product definition data. This is the stage in the design process
where product-related data is documented. Next, we will explore process
definition data. Process definition data relates to how components are
transformed into the parent item. This data is required in all production
environments, but the form and content varies widely from one industry segment
to the next and from one company to the next. Finally, we will address
resources definition data. This includes the information required in the
scheduling and capacity planning processes.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Explain how product and process design affect the ease of manufacture, product quality, and cost of operations.
Recognize design actions that can improve the ease of manufacture and quality and reduce the cost of operations at the same time.
Describe the need for accurate and timely data to support the operations planning and control processes.
Identify the basic data required to support operations planning and control and the organization functions responsible for each category of data.