The development product phase has a central role in the product life-cycle because it has a high impact on the final quality . The main activities in this phase are the design and the conceptual process planning and two of the main goals are the estimation and the reduction of manufacturing costs of the product.
It is necessary to consider the costification problem as soon as possible, already in the product design phase, because the costs of any changes are as much as higher as later these are caused.
In a growing demanding global market, a company that is not able to estimate its costs quickly and the right price of its products, it jeopardises its survival.
RuleDesigner “Design to Cost” solution is a valid support for the evaluation of the components cost or assemblies that are already in the design phase.