When the product alone was the primary basis of competition, the life of a design engineer was a lot simpler. No more. Design engineers are being asked to make an increasingly complex set of trade-offs, requiring a very cross-functional and inter-enterprise approach to the design process.
worst case, finite element, fault tree, etc.), simulation, and testing (e.g., accelerated life testing), analysis of field failures to improve future designs, etc. Ease of Repair Ease of repair should be an explicit design goal, but it is often overlooked unless A) the active involvement of service personnel early in the design process is institutionalized and B) a mechanism for regular feedback from the field is maintained. There are many methods to achieving it: Rationalize and reduce the number of