Column: Frugality in manufacturing as important as engineering

03/29/2013 | Environmental Leader

Reaching out to the developing world with "frugally engineered" products designed to be low cost also means quite narrow profit margins, writes David Dornfeld, director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley. Therefore it's important to maximize production efficiency to preserve those margins, and that requires some not-so-obvious calculations about product life and the life of particular components.

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