concurrent engineering


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concurrent engineering

the term used to describe a group who are drawn from different disciplines to work on a problem within the firm. For example, a new product analysis concurrent engineering team may consist of a production engineer, cost accountant, marketing specialist etc. Thus, concurrent engineering can reduce product development time allowing the product to be brought to market more quickly and at a reduced cost. Typically also used as the basis for a team in VALUE ANALYSIS. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. See also MATRIX.
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This is an example of independent concurrent engineering across disciplines: The two activities do not affect each other, but the overall schedule is shortened.
People problems begin to surface within the organization however, when applying concurrent engineering, such as:
performs some form of concurrent engineering with about 80% of its major customers.
The concurrent engineering systems coming out of Stanford are also being tested by local business organizations in California such as the Palo Alto Cooperative Test Bed and the Stanford Integrated Manufacturers Association.
Concurrent engineering will become increasingly important in today's computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) environment.
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The solution was three-way concurrent engineering of part design to be sure nearly identical covers could be made by both thermoforming and injection molding.

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