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Design for Assembly in Manufacturing (SF Series) 


Best-selling products are innovative, satisfy customer needs, are of high quality and are value for money. Under-pinning a best-selling product are ease of manufacture and assembly. Typically 53% of all manufacturing time is due to assembly while 75% of the cost of a manufactured product is determined at the design stage. It is therefore imperative to learn about the underlying principles of design for ease of assembly.

The course is designed for technical personnel in design, manufacturing, process and quality control. After the course, participants can appreciate the underlying principles and rules for manufacturing a high quality, cost-effective product.

The objective of the course is to teach the principles and techniques to design for ease of assembly


1. To learn the basic principles of design for assembly
2. To be able to assess a design/product for ease of assembly
3. To improve on the design/product for easy of assembly

Underpinning Knowledge
1. Material properties.
2. Fabrication process capabilities.
3. Component/part design.
4. Basic design rules.


Day 1
Product and Process Design for Easy Assembly
• Introduction to assembly tasks, methods and systems.
• Understand the rules and axioms for the design of components for ease of assembly.
• Understand the rules and axioms for the design of assembly processes.
*Assessment 1

Day 2
Design for Manual Assembly
• Understand techniques and methods to assure fool-proof assembly
• Learn how to design for effective manual assembly
• Apply the DFMA Methodology to assess ease of manual assembly
*Assessment 2

Day 3
Design of Assembly Systems
• Learn how to design for high speed automatic assembly
• Understand the need to ‘balance’ an assembly line for equitable task allocation.
• Parts feeding and orienting: vibratory and non-vibratory, orienting devices; escapements. Robot assembly.

Day 4
*Assessment 3 and Revision  


Associate Professor Lee, Siang Guan Stephen

Dr Stephen S-G LEE is an associate professor and head of the manufacturing engineering division of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU. Dr Lee has many years of experience in design and manufacturing at senior management level. He taught and supervised projects involving Design for Assembly at the undergraduate level for several years.

His PhD research was in part design for automatic assembly but his current research interests are in product lifecycle management and dynamic enterprise collaboration.

Dr Lee is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. An active member of the SME since 1987, Dr Lee held senior appointments in the Singapore Chapter, culminating with the Chapter Chairmanship in 1990. In 1992, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conferred on him its Award of Merit and in 1998, he was elected to its College of Fellows.

Who Should Attend

Relevant occupations include:

• Manufacturing engineers
• Product designers
• Quality control inspectors
• Process engineers
• Materials procurement executives

Fee payable table under new SF Series funding
Sponsorship/Fees* (SG/SPR) ETSS MCES WTS
Company sponsored $487.60 $183.80 $183.80 $107.85
Self sponsored $487.60 NA $183.80 $107.85



18, 19, 21 and 22 February 2019 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre 

Closing Date:

9 February 2019 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$1625.33  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$1300.26  

Group (3 & Above): S$1462.79

NTUC Member: S$1462.79


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

  • Complimentary Lunch - applicable at NTU@one-north campus only

  • Prevailing GST

Online Registration

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Methods of Payment

1. Credit Card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only)

2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

3. Invoice to Company (for Company Sponsored Participants)

4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

5. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A written notification to pace@ntu.edu.sg or fax to

6774 2911 before course closing date.

No cancellation charges (Full refund)



A written notification on or after course closing date.

No Refund

SkillsFuture Credit (if applicable):
- Participant to cancel their claim with WDA
- PaCE@NTU reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant

Replacement Policy

Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.


There is no replacement for participant utilising SkillsFuture Credit. Participant to cancel their SkillsFuture Credit claim with WDA.

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