Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) is an approach to design that focuses on ease of manufacture and efficiency of assembly. It is a well-established approach in many sectors that is driven by the need to produce large numbers of consistently high-quality products very efficiently. In the construction sector, the ‘repeatability’ of end products may seem to be less than that of other sectors, at least at first glance. In this context, the application of DfMA might be seen as more challenging.

The traditional approach to construction is centred around the delivery of large quantities of raw materials to the construction site, where large numbers of workers bring them together, often in challenging working conditions. Lloyd Morris Electrical, (a valued customer of Shearfab’s) is challenging this accepted view and has successfully developed an approach to design for manufacture and assembly.

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Typical Kiosk and base configuration               Motor Control Centre (MCC) inside a Kiosk

In conjunction with our customer, Lloyd Morris Electrical, Shearfab manufactures the steel plinths, complete with aluminium flooring, legs, stairs and platforms and the MCC carcase and busbars, to sit inside the GRP or steel housing. LME provide the automation and software integration and deliver and install the final turnkey solution. More information can be found here.

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Motor Control Centre (MCC) inside a DfMA Kiosk        Stair and platform configuration

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Piece DfMA base (top entry) with aluminium floor fitted. Ready to be delivered