concurrent engineering


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concurrent engineering

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(Marketing) a method of designing and marketing new products in which development stages are run in parallel rather than in series, to reduce lead times and costs. Also called: interactive engineering
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Concurrent engineering introduces parallelism into our design process so that we can shorten, accelerate or recover our schedules.
The intangible benefits have been the establishment of a true concurrent engineering environment for this program that has resulted in overall team buy-in and ownership and improved communication.
Breaking the molds into more pieces not only supports concurrent engineering, it may also allow more people to work on a tool at one time, shortening lead times still further.
In a recent Pacific Scientific project that relied on concurrent engineering, direct labor eliminated 80 percent of the screws and fasteners in a new design.
Having got the people and processes correct, we have moved onto the next stage -- applying the new generation of CAD/CAM tools that have been developed with concurrent engineering in mind.
Sophisticated engineering capabilities and strategic partnerships with customers have combined to make concurrent engineering a reality for some moldmakers and customers.
It is a customer-driven process that invokes the latest quality, design and teaming tools, and the use of concurrent engineering and integrated teaming is critical to its success.
Many of Sherpa's customers are using PDM as the basis for their corporate reengineering initiatives, particularly the creation of concurrent engineering environments.
Sebastian says the concurrent engineering software available today basically is analysis simulation; it doesn't provide information on how to fix or recognize manufacturing problems, or how to design a mold for a part.
With a concurrent engineering process, we were able to design the VBV ducts to take full advantage of EDO's automated technologies to minimize production costs," said Tom Mesing, GE Aviation's Principal Engineer for Composite Materials.
Although we have used other methodologies for years, we were so impressed by this concurrent engineering software suite that we have signed an agreement with Lucas to be the exclusive independent distributor in North America," said A.

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