Product Development Toolkit

NOTE:  All tools listed on this page may be purchased as part of the Product Development Toolkit to be used as part of the PD-Trak Project File structure, or may be purchased on an individual basis (contact us for individual tool pricing).

  • Bill of Materials and Supplier Plan. The Bill of Material Worksheet provides a flexible tool to develop a preliminary engineering bill of material. It provides single and multiple level views and maintains a variety of related information. Items are coded as make, buy or standard and buy items can be automatically moved to the Supplier Plan to aid and track sourcing decisions. The Bill of Material Worksheet also includes integrated cost roll-up capabilities and comparison to target costs.  Click here for more information.

  • Control Plan. Control Plans aid in the manufacture of quality products to meet customer requirements. The Control Plan provide a written description of the process and quality controls to assure an acceptable product and to minimize product and process variation.

  • Design for Manufacturability & Assembly Evaluation. Design for Assembly (DFA) refers to the principles of designing products so that they are more manufacturable. The DFA Assessment Worksheet provides a simple to use assessment methodology to evaluate concepts and designs early in the development process before sufficient information may be available to use more formal DFM/A analysis software or companies that don't want to make a more significant investment in DFA software.

  • Design for Manufacturability Guidelines. Design for Manufacturability/Assembly Checklist/Guidelines are included to aid designers develop producible designs. These checklists/guidelines can be adapted to the company's specific product and process requirements. The checklists/guidelines cover assembly, printed circuits, machining, sheetmetal, and injection molding.

  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a methodology for analyzing potential product and process reliability problems early in the development cycle where it is easier to take actions to overcome these issues, thereby enhancing reliability through design. The FMEA Worksheet is used to identify potential failure modes, determine their effect on the operation of the product or process, and identify actions to mitigate the failures.

  • Product Map.  A graphical worksheet that can be used to capture the planned development of new products that relate to a product line, on a time line.

  • Quality Function Deployment. Quality function deployment is a structured planning and decision-making methodology for capturing customer needs (voice of the customer) and translating those needs into product requirements or technical characteristics, part characteristics, process plans and quality plans. PD-Trak provides a series of planning matrices to document the information and plans developed during this process. These include a Product Planning Matrix (house of quality), Concept Selection Matrix, Deployment Matrix, and Process Planning Matrix. Note that the Control Plan serves as the planning matrix for process and quality control.

  • Radar Chart.  A graphical tool for comparing the key attributes of a new product to competitive products or solutions.

  • Target Costing Workbook.  Target costing establishes a market-driven target price to be successful and derives a target cost to drive product development. Includes a Target Cost Calculation Worksheet, a Target Cost Evaluation Worksheet, and a Target Cost Tracking Worksheet and Charts.