is a widely used term and anyone who appreciates motherhood and apple pie will surely claim to practice it in their design process.
OEMs have used this trend in concurrent engineering
to their commercial advantage.
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.
ACES makes concurrent engineering
possible by providing a rigorous and flexible environment for evaluating such parameters and their interactions.
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.
Each application of concurrent engineering
will have some features unique to its environment.
Sophisticated engineering capabilities and strategic partnerships with customers have combined to make concurrent engineering
a reality for some moldmakers and customers.
The MKS is the conduit for intradepartmental communication that Cutkosky said is essential for concurrent engineering
to be implemented successfully.
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.
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.
A concept that was born well before the computer age - concurrent engineering
- is beginning to dominate leading-edge discussions of competitiveness in manufacturing.