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design

the process of translating a product idea into a product which can be produced and marketed on a commercial basis. Though design is a creative process it has economic consequences insofar as a product's shape, configuration and performance affect its marketability and its cost of production. In order to achieve high product variety without involving an excessive variety of components, designers often use common, interchangeable parts and design products on a modular basis.

In order to remain competitive, firms need continuously to review the design of their products in the light of new developments in materials and processes. The technique of VALUE ANALYSIS is used to identify possible sources of cost savings without impairing a product's performance. See COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.

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Like previous updates, the new Snapchat update, which includes a friends page, publishers redesign and a new discover page, will be rolled out to select few people today and more people in the coming weeks.
Enlighten your leaders: A redesign won't succeed unless there is buy-in at the ownership or top management level.
Regardless of the reason, Bud Light obviously felt that it would make good business sense to redesign its packaging.
It provides a framework to manage various aspects of course redesign.
As part of the redesign, The Oklahoman joined a growing number of newspapers throughout the country choosing to publish in a narrower 44" web format," the release said.
Significant process redesign opportunities exist in the medication use process, including reduction of transcription errors and medications administered prior to the pharmacist order review/verification.
For the full text of the NARA Proposal for A Redesign of Federal Records Management, go to www.
Designed to find out whether planning process redesigns have satisfied expectations, the survey also sought to identify important steps to successful redesign structures, as well as what missteps led to disappointments.
In the CIP, "substantially all" of the toaster's redesign activities fail to satisfy the qualified research definition.
The institute and cosponsors of the redesign hope to use the ban to boost the fortunes of the environmentally friendly rickshaw, which offers a livelihood to many extremely poor people.
Over recent years there have been several efforts to redesign transfer tasks between beds and chairs to eliminate lifting.
Over the past several years, state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs throughout the country have been involved in fundamental redesign of the management and delivery of VR services.