This section introduces the subject of manufacturability. Manufacturability is a property of a product such that it can be economically produced with a high yield. The yield is an indicator of the degree of control of the manufacturing process. Since consumer goods sell for about 5 times what they cost to make, it is important that the manufacturing process produce the system within the cost target or it will not make the company money. If tolerances are too close then the product may not be manufacturable in a practical sense. The systems engineer with an eye to life cycle management should ensure that the production process does not produce excess toxic waste.

Most all electronic systems have waste that is difficult or expensive to dispose. These expenses contribute to the manufacturing cost and affect the target price.

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