DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING
Design For Manufacturing (DFM) and Design For Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) approach impacts the entire value stream, including field installation... not just manufacturing. Our lean principles drive waste elimination, error proofing and focuses on labor optimization from the perspective of our customers.
There is a certain level of quality and repeatability that you would inherently expect in a manufacturing facility that is difficult to replicate in a field environment. Our approach eliminates many of the factors that affect product quality and unexpected delays in processes performed on site. Nondestructive testing (hydrostatic, radiographic, etc.), visual inspection, pre-commissioning mechanical fit-up and functional tests are performed in a controlled environment at Wellflex. This not only minimizes the requirements once the product is on site, but also eliminates unforeseen obstacles in the design that may be overlooked using traditional methods.
We take the complexity out of the field and bring it into our manufacturing facilities, dramatically impacting field related safety, quality, delivery and cost. Our goal is to eliminate all field welding, design with minimum field connections, minimize any off-skid piping and provide a product that has the fastest field installation time in the industry.
Wellflex includes the entire Value Stream in our Design Review Process, incorporating the Production Preparation Process (3P) into the design approach. This includes cross-functional teams to focus on cost optimization and minimize cycle time. When possible Wellflex includes customer field representatives to provide input for improvement ideas, error proofing, waste elimination and lessons learned. This approach is used for both new product introduction and product redesigns.