Many electronics manufacturers tend to compartmentalize or silo their departments, such as the design team vs. assembly-related functions. Design directly affects them all, which means the costs of manufacturing are ultimately reflections of both the design and engineering methods used to create the products. The relationship between design and manufacturing can too often be disconnected or otherwise poor, which stalls productivity and increases bottom-line costs. By identifying and addressing these gaps, this financial issue can be reduced, and profitability increased. Profitability can grow even more when the design process is as streamlined as possible. Having a specific methodology of principles and steps, the design team can envision a quality product at a lower cost. In turn, this can help the manufacturing department be more efficient.