Design to standards

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"Design to Standards" means to design items with generally accepted and uniform procedures, dimensions or materials.


Product standardization is a technique in engineering design that aim to reduce the number of different parts within a product. The benefits are:

The supply chain costs are simple to reason:

  • less variety of supplier, less supplier in numbers
  • less stock keeping units (SKU)
  • more economics of scale
  • less variety of production operations

Product platforms are enabled through:

  • standardized parts can be re-utilized across a product family
  • standardized parts can be re-utilized across product generations

The product design process becomes faster because:

  • standardized parts can be pulled from an engineering database
  • already standardized parts do not need to be designed again


Standardization can occur through two ways