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Make it Better and Improve Performance!

Dymax Corporation, located in Torrington, CT, is a leading manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives, coatings, oligomers, light-curing equipment, and fluid dispensing systems that work together to optimize manufacturing assembly processes.  Dymax came to Sigma Design Company to improve their WIDECURE® conveyor system. WIDECURE is a 25″ wide UV curing system with 700 mW/cm² of curing power. This system is typically used in industrial plants for the curing of adhesives during the assembly of aerospace, electronic and automotive components.  Dymax Corporation is well known for making manufactures more efficient and need to update the design of the WIDECURE with additional safety and performance features. Dymax presented Sigma with a solid and dependable machine, but a machine that lacked the features needed by its industrial customers and users. Learn more about Dymax here.

Sigma took their original prototypes and examined every single nut and bolt to do a complete redesign of the original machine. Aside from adding a number of safety and performance features to the system, Sigma greatly improved the user interface of the unit and overall quality and reliability of the system. The WIDECURE is aesthetically more pleasing and a truly gorgeous machine. Operators will be very pleased with its new ergonomic design and low level machine noise. Sigma’s new design also includes provisions for lifting and transporting the machine in a safer manner. WATCH VIDEO HERE!

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Dymax WIDECURE conveyor system at Sigma Design Company facility.

Sigma engineered several important features, making the new WIDECURE system a real state of the art unit. The control scheme of the machine was redesigned to be category 3 safety compliant.  Our engineers added an Allen Bradley PLC and HMI (Programmable Logic Controller and Human Machine Interface), and an open loop stepper system to smoothly lift and lower the UV lamp assembly.  Sigma turned a dependable machine into a world class system allowing the customer to better meet the needs of the industrial marketplace.

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Our POV: Design Determines 90% of Product Cost

In the New Product Development (NPD) process, 90% of the cost of a product is fixed by the end of the design phase, By this time in the process the direct material, direct labor and product specific capital equipment costs are set in place, whether we fully realize it or not. The ability to control cost is greatest during the concept development stage. Getting manufacturing and suppliers involved early and clearly understanding customer needs from the start are key to managing product costs.

Ways to implement such approach involves careful selection and early collaboration with suppliers for help in making design tradeoffs for customer requirements, functionality, and cost. What is needed is great communication across the design and supplier network that is responsive to customer requests and priority requirements. This effort will reap great dividends for a more salable and profitable product.

Of course, it is important to first probe deeply into customer requests. Is a functional capability a must have, need to have or nice to have? Clarifying and prioritizing of customer requirements provides design engineers with the maximum range of options, and allows them to make informed trade off decisions when handling competing performance and cost goals in the design process. Finally, be sure to evaluate usability to deliver a user-centric design, which is critical for total design success.

With these practices of understanding customer needs and usability and by collaborating with the supplier base during the concept development phase, designers will be in the best position to deliver an optimal design – and to maximize their impact on 90% of product cost from the start.

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