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Presents a product redesign project undertaken for Polaroid. Discusses the key features of a rapid product development programme, highlighting the need for a well‐integrated multidisciplined team and concurrent engineering supported by effective use of CAD/CAM technology.
Virtual reality (VR) has recently become established as a suite of technologies capable of serving many companies′ future needs in design practice, training and organizational communication. Two years after the launch of a major British collaborative project involving 17 blue‐chip companies, VR...
Clarifies issues relating to product data management (PDM) since a survey of 600 European manufacturing company managers placed it at the top of the list for computer technology investment. Discusses the acceleration in PDM technology since 1993. Highlights the key differences between PDM and...
Discusses the implementation of engineering data management (EDM) which is one of the more recent technologies to be considered by enterprises needing to be more responsive to business pressures. Highlights the considerations for a successful implementation stressing the need for companies to...
Describes recent innovations at a leading toy manufacturer which introduced DFMA to cut assembly times and costs. States that DFMA Design for Assembly and Design for Manufacture – can be used as a brainstorming tool to help designers and engineers make informed decisions. Suggests that DFMA can...
Discusses the crucial integration of engineering and production knowledge which is the objective behind the SCOPES (Systematic Concurrent design of Products, Equipments and control Systems) project. Presents the results of this three‐year project to develop a suite of integrated software modules...
Presents the ideas of marketing guru Regis McKenna, speaking at the International Conference on Best Product Development Practices for Defining Customer Needs in New Orleans. Identifies a number of strategic best practices which characterize today′s champions.
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