Appropriate Durability

Durable items can withstand wear, stress, and environmental degradation over a long useful life. Development teams should enhance durability only when appropriate. Designs that allow a product or component to last beyond its expected useful life are usually wasteful.

Enhanced durability can be part of a broader strategy focused on marketing and sales. Durability is an integral part of all profitable leasing. Original equipment manufacturers who lease their products usually gain the most from durable design.

For example, a European company leases all the photocopiers it manufactures. The company designs drums and other key components of their photocopiers for maximum durability to reduce the need for replacement or repair. Because the company maintains control of the machines, they select materials to reduce the cost and impact of disposal.

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