This book covers recent advances in simultaneous engineering and contemporary issues related to the development and implementation of successful systems. The scope of material includes recent research related to simultaneous engineering problem-solving architectures, organizational issues, tools and techniques of simultaneous engineering, design methods, and application of artificial intelligence and numeric tools.
SECTION I: PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGIES OF DESIGN: Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Concurrent Engineering: Complementary Philosophies 1. Cost-Driven Product Development 2. A Statistical Optimization Approach to Robust Design 3. Value Engineering in Early Stages of Design SECTION II: DESIGN TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS: Use of the Robust Concept Exploration Method to Facilitate the Design of a Family of Products 1. Introduction to Robust Design by Using the It-Method 2. Automated Modular Fixture Configuration Design for Integrated Product and Process Design 3. Collaborative Product Design Using WWW Technology