Boothroyd Dewhurst announced the release of its DFA Product Simplification software, version 10. The Design for Assembly software has an improved user interface for speed and ease of use, and helps manufacturers develop more streamlined and profitable products, the company says.
"The goal we had while developing DFA 10 was to help users concentrate on the fundamental analysis and redesign of their products and less on navigating the methodology and software interface," said Brian Rapoza, R&D manager at Boothroyd Dewhurst. "Every aspect of analyzing and redesigning a product has been refined in order to simplify the effort. The software screens and code have been rewritten from the ground up, empowering users with more of the information needed to quickly make important design decisions. DFA 10 is a highly focused and deliberate tool for product improvement."
A more guided redesign process has been incorporated into the software with suggestions that have been built into the product structure under review. The DFA worksheet has been integrated with the structure chart to enable seamless toggling back and forth during an analysis.
Times for commonly done assembly operations, such as unpackaging of large parts and aligning of holes with an awl prior to insertion of a screw or pop-rivet, are automatically estimated by the software. Acquisition times for parts and tools are automatically estimated by the software with no additional input required.
There is a new ability to compile more useful results that are now based on function groupings of parts and operations in a product. A new test-view panel has been incorporated into the operations library, and customized tabular reports can be generated and exported.
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