Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) is a design approach that focuses on ease of manufacture and efficiency of assembly. By simplifying the design of a system it is possible to manufacture and assemble it more efficiently, in the minimum time and at a lower cost.
Traditionally, DfMA has been applied to sectors such as the design of automotive and consumer products, both of which need to efficiently produce high quality products in large numbers. More recently, construction contractors have begun to adopt DfMA for the off-site prefabrication of construction components such as plant areas, primary distribution routes and so on. In a similar approach to lean construction, applying DfMA enables the identification, quantification and elimination of waste or inefficiency in manufacture and assembly. One of the primary advantages of DfMA in construction is the significantly reduced programme on-site through the use of prefabricated elements. Also, by removing construction activities from the site and placing them in a controlled factory environment there is the possibility of a significant positive impact on safety.
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