The Art of Concurrent Engineering

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Michael Kirschner
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Re: Good article
Michael Kirschner   2/12/2013 7:06:02 PM

The vast majority of manufacturers I work with implement this practice. Core teams that involve program management, manufacturing, procurement, engineering, quality, marketing and others as needed from the concept stage and step products through a coherent multi-phase product lifecycle process through manufacturing and - sometimes - end-of-life is a best practice that is commonplace...but not universal.

It doesn't mean that problems no longer exist (they often do, in part because the implementation is imperfect), but it gives the company an approach and framework that enables resolving these sorts of problems and issues when they do arise.

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An essential part of newproduct design
_hm   12/11/2012 2:22:56 AM

I agree, concurrent engineering is an essential part of newproduct design. As you get more involved in this process, organization gets better profitability from that product.


Douglas Alexander
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Re: Good article
Douglas Alexander   12/10/2012 12:21:28 PM

@ALL, May I ask if any of the readers can respond to this issue? Is your company currently using the practice of concurrent engineering or are you still facing problems that good concurrent engineering procedures could have anticipated and resolved earliier in the R&D or NPI phases?

Wale Bakare
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Re: Good article
Wale Bakare   12/10/2012 10:56:31 AM

I agree with you. The point is that, in-house good design work would only cut out any redo of work and increase efficiency, saving substantial amount of money for the company that's reason why engineers are hired for anyway.

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Good article
t.alex   12/10/2012 9:40:49 AM

This article provides a good overview of what is actually happening in the product making process. Many times R&D engineers throw stuff to the manufacturing side without knowing things in details. And then later they have to solve all sort of problems during the production run such as low yield rate or certain steps being too slow.

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