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System Robustness Achieved with System Engineering Methodologies

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System engineering processes and methodologies are employed in the development of printing system robustness. Under the overarching umbrella of six sigma concepts, system robustness can be defined, developed, tested, measured, and verified. Designing robustness into a product at the systems level requires that the important system attributes are focused upon and made robust beginning in the subsystem development stage. Robustness and critical customer requirements are translated into physical functions, linked to contributing system and subsystem functions, and traced to critical dimensions on the parts. Six-sigma methodology as applied to parts manufacturing is not sufficient by itself. The application of the six sigma methodology at the system design level requires great discipline which is achieved by seemingly disconnected processes becoming linked under the umbrella of six sigma. These processes include require-ments management, FMECA's, problem identification and corrective action, DFx, Taguchi experiments applied at the system level, configuration management, additional systems test processes, noise maps, and limits definition. These elements are examined in a linked process that, applied with discipline and tenacity, results in a well-defined system, a well designed system, and a system that is verified as robust.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2000

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

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