Presenting a systematic approach to concurrent engineering (CE), this reference accommodates the small corporation's quest to incorporate better design management practices. The author provides an easy-to-follow methodology that eliminates the need for costly consultants and promotes environmentally friendly solutions and introduces three main design models to aid in new, evolutionary, and incremental product design. She examines how the adoption of CE practices improves overall performance. Topics include: engineering specifications for product parameters, conceptual and embodiment design, vendor selection and approval, prototyping, line and equipment installation, and more.
Chapter One: Is this your company; what is concurrent engineering. Chapter Two: Organizational change and CE; barriers to change. Chapter Three: An overview of CE methodology; product and process development teams. Chapter Four: The project planning phase; the conceptual design phase; Chapter Five: The design phase; the production preparation phase. Chapter Six: Tailoring the product design methodology; tailoring the manufacturing process design methodology. Chapter Seven: The risk assessment model for sheetmetal and plastic parts; examples of the use of the risk assessment model. Chapter Eight: Methodology overview; DFE example. Chapter Nine: Identify need for change; preparation.