Engineering 2503 Winter 2004

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Shad Valley MUN
Introduction to Product Design and Development
Bonus Lecture
Product Specifications
Dr. Leonard M. Lye, PEng, FCSCE
Professor of Engineering
Program Director, MUN Shad
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What is a specification?
• Has a metric and a value
– E.g. Total weight of hairdryer - < 2 lbs
• Translation of need expressed in language of
customers to a measurable attribute
– E.g. I like the hairdryer to be lightweight
• Setting specifications provides concrete goals
that are meaningful technically and will result in
customer satisfaction.
• Allows team to “keep score”.
• Forces resolution of trade-offs. Setting specs is
hard!
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Basic Steps
• Prepare list of metrics from customer
needs
• Collect competitive information
• Set ideal and marginally acceptable values
• Reflect on the results and process
• Generally, specs have to be done twice
because we don’t know in advance what
will be possible.
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Important
• Marketing and technical perspectives must
be present to ensure that customer needs
are met, product can be distinguished
competitively, reasonable manufacturing
cost can be achieved, and concept is
technically feasible.
• Some needs may require several metrics to
define them, and some needs are very
subjective. E.g. looks cool, feels
comfortable, etc.
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