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Manufacturing Process Selection Handbook by J. D. Booker, K. G. Swift

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Chapter 13

Assembly Costing

13.1 Introduction

This chapter on assembly costing is intended to support the process of assembly-oriented design through the provision of assembly performance metrics. As with conventional DFA approaches, the methodology allows the user to match design features with typical assembly situations (and associated penalties) on charts for each aspect of the assembly analysis. In this way, ambiguity is reduced and the user may identify features that are of high penalty and redesign these where necessary. The assembly cost measure should not strictly be taken as an absolute value. In practice, assembly costs are difficult to quantify and measure, and correlation requires testing a large number of industrial case studies. ...

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