Engineering leaders may be focused on either manufacturing engineering or on design engineering.
While there may be some overlap, manufacturing engineering wants to know if the manufacturing process is optimized for quality, productivity, and throughput. An optimized manufacturing flow increases asset utilization, reduces costs and increases quality.
Design engineering is focused more on the product and the customer. They want to know if the product design is optimized for manufacturability. They are probably also asking questions like:
- How do manufacturing defects impact customer satisfaction?
- Can design improve the customer experience?
These are important questions because a product design that is optimized for manufacturability decreases defects, increases customer satisfaction, and reduces warranty costs.