At Group Manufacturing Services, Inc. we offer a complete line of product design, product development and rapid prototyping services.
After 30 years in the precision sheet metal manufacturing business, we understand that each of our clients will have very different design requirements.
A few clients will approach us with a fully designed product that is ready for manufacturing and requires no further engineering or prototyping, just a solid price out the door.
But more often, a client’s product will require additional design and development before it is ready for production, or may benefit from our design for cost reduction (DFCR) services.
That’s when it’s time for our highly skilled team of product engineers, developers and programmers to shine.
Developing prototypes during the design phase is critically important and should always answer important questions such as:
- Has the product been designed using solid design principles?
- What are the costs associated with the products lifecycle?
- What are most efficient methods to manufacture the product?
- What materials can be considered for production, and what is the cost-to-quality ratio of each?
- How long will it take to manufacture the final product?
- How much will each unit cost to produce?
Consulting in the early stages with an experienced manufacturer such as Group Manufacturing Services, Inc. will help to ensure an effective, intelligent design.
GMS is a premier B2B provider and has been helping businesses build quality infrastructure for over thirty years by delivering high quality precision products across wide variety of industries.
Let’s take a look at some of the specifics that go into our product development services.
Design and Prototyping Software
Group Manufacturing Services, Inc. uses the SOLIDWORKS solid modeling CAD software platform to design and engineer precision metal products.
Innovative conceptual design must be at the center of any successful product.
The SOLIDWORKS rapid prototyping software package enables us to rapidly create, innovate, and collaborate during the prototype design and development phase.
Design and Manufacturing
Design for manufacturability (DFM), design for assembly (DFA), and the concept of lean manufacturing all play vital roles in our product design, development and manufacturing process.
Read on to see how each of theses concepts are applied to our product engineering process.
Design for Manufacturability
Design for manufacturability or DFM is the practice of designing products that are able to be easily manufactured.
A parts producibility or ‘the measure of the relative ease of manufacturing’ will drastically affect the costs associated to produce it.
Design for manufacturing aims to simplify the manufacturing of each part.
The design stage is the best time to address and fine tune such details as material types, material forms, tolerances, designs and shapes.
Design for Assembly
Design for assembly or DFA is simply a method of analyzing the assembly processes of components and their sub-assemblies.
When utilizing DFA, efforts are taken to optimize the process steps needed during assembly, identify part relevance, and estimate the final cost of assembly.
Using DFA will minimize assembly costs by optimizing the assembly process and reducing the total number of parts needed.
What is lean manufacturing and how does it apply to the manufacturing of my product?
Lean manufacturing or just ‘lean’ as it is sometimes known is a product design engineering concept that comes to us from the Far East.
Lean is a method of analyzing a process and eliminating any wasteful actions.
By eliminating wasteful efforts in this manner we will only be left with ‘that which adds value’.
A focus on adding value and eliminating waste in the production chain has the benefit of increasing quality, speeding delivery times and helping to reduce overall costs.
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By utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques such as DFM, DFA and LEAN… we can INCREASE QUALITY, SPEED DELIVERY TIMES and REDUCE COSTS!
DFM, DFA and Lean Manufacturing Principles are all at the core of what we do at Group Manufacturing Services, Inc.
Design, Prototyping and Product Engineering Solutions from GMS
Group Manufacturing Services, Inc. does it all from start to finish.
A full range of precision sheet metal design services, superior customer support and competitive prices.
These are just some of the qualities that set the team at GMS apart from other precision manufacturers.
Call Group Manufacturing Services, Inc. today and find out why our design and prototyping services can set your business ahead of the pack!