reverse engineering

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reverse engineering

a situation where a firm obtains a competitor's product so as to disassemble it and from the resultant component analysis decide how to build a similar product.
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federal government, the reverse engineered automotive parts are certified by the industry itself.
Typically a part reverse engineered within the tolerance constraints of the OEM sample lot is acceptable, but sometimes additional requirements may be imposed.
In the case of reverse engineering applications, throughput includes the time taken to probe the original sample part, write the inspection program for the reverse engineered part, measure this part and compute the results accurately.
Fifth, despite following all these precautions, software developers should conduct research on the product to be reverse engineered to ensure that patent law does not provide protection for the particular process or function that is to be reverse engineered and used in a new program.
It must be considered one of the most important reverse engineering tasks is the assignment of the dimensional and geometrical accuracy specifications of the reverse engineered components that are directly connected with manufacturing cost and time.
Characteristics of the five systems reverse engineered in phase 1 of this project are shown in Table 1.