Design Assistance

Design Assistance & Prototyping
Emerald EMS takes a teamwork approach to product design at every stage of the product lifecycle, with a priority on flexibility, adaptability, and rapid response to shifting market conditions.

Emerald EMS Facilities for Design Assistance

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Identify & isolate design flaws early on

By partnering with Emerald in the beginning stages of product development, our customers are able to identify and isolate design flaws—before they lead to costly manufacturing delays.

Full Suite of

Design Services

Emerald customers have access to a full suite of design services including hardware, engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, thermal design and test development. Leveraging our team’s collective decades of experience in advanced electronics product design and manufacturing, we utilize industry best practices and Design for Excellence (DFX) principles, including Design for Manufacturability, Design for Assembly, Design for Procurement, Design for Cost, and Design for Testability.

We use

Valor
Software
Suite

Our Emerald product design team uses the Valor Software Suite for PCB Assembly , featuring the most comprehensive tools available for Design for Manufacturing and Design for Testability.
Principles

Design for Excellence (DFX)

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Design for Manufacturability (DFM) is a product development tool that prioritizes ease of manufacturing.

  • Products developed with DFM will have a lower production cost.
  • Shorter product development process and streamlined manufacturing processes result in quicker time-to-market.
  • Products developed with DFM will be up to speed sooner.
  • The DFM process may combine parts to reduce assembly steps and the number of unique parts.
  • DFM catches and removes mistakes or design faults before manufacturing.
  • DFM results in higher product quality, as design can be refined and enhanced at every stage.

Design for Assembly (DFA) is a product development tool that prioritizes ease of assembly.

  • Products designed using DFA principles are easier and less costly to assemble.
  • The purpose of DFA is to simplify the product, for example, by reducing the number of parts, so that the cost of assembly is reduced.
  • DFA utilizes a concurrent focus on the dual aspects of functionality and ease of assembly.
  • DFA best practice recognizes the need to analyze the design of both the part and the whole product for any assembly problems early in the process to cut costs during the entire product cycle.

Design for Procurement (DFP) is a product development tool that prioritizes environmental and economic performance in New Product Development (NPD) and final product.

  • DFP initiatives contribute positively to environmental and economic NPD performance.
  • Environmental DFP reduces waste and hazards and facilitates recycling & input reuse.
  • DFP standardization drives economic and operational performance.
  • Design for cost is the process to reduce life cycle cost while satisfying, and hopefully exceeding, customer demands.
  • Designing for cost requires designing both the product and the product delivery process for simplicity.
  • Designing for cost is an integral component of the engineering process.

Design for Testability (DFT) is a product development tool that ensures a product is testable by adding features to make it easier to develop and apply manufacturing tests.

  • DFT makes it easier to develop and apply manufacturing tests to the product or component.
  • The purpose of manufacturing tests is to confirm the product contains no defects that could prevent or degrade the product's correct functioning.
  • Tests may be capable of providing diagnostic information about the nature of any test fails and locating the source of failure.