Design and manufacturing engineers rarely have all options open to them when they are developing an assembly method for their product. Generally, as they work on their strategy, they are faced with a number of constraints. Some common examples:
Overcoming process constraints requires maximum degrees of freedom in areas not constrained. For example, in a hypothetical process where the dispensing or curing equipment options are largely fixed, the assembly material of choice can be optimized to fit the equipment and other required processing variables. Conversely, when specified materials must be used in an assembly process, equipment choices can be made to work within the process objectives.
Professionals skilled in the science of matching equipment capabilities with assembly material properties, processing, and product performance know how to optimize these variables. They consider constraints to yield the best system outcome. The ability to offer materials and equipment that span a wide range of capabilities is critical. Some examples:
Manufacturers of materials and product assembly equipment tend to specialize in a relatively narrow range of products, and while they are very adept at squaring a round peg, often times the best solution involves matching the right peg to the hole. The best process development partners offer a very broad range of materials and equipment, and are experts in understanding the interactions between the two product classes and how they can be adjusted to fit your processing needs.
The answer to solving the problem of multiple constraints is to find maximum degrees of freedom in areas that are not constrained. When looking outside for help, identify a partner that can help you find and implement a range of material and equipment solutions to your process challenge.