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Computer Tools For Integrating Engineering Design And Engineering Economics

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Conference

1999 Annual Conference

Location

Charlotte, North Carolina

Publication Date

June 20, 1999

Start Date

June 20, 1999

End Date

June 23, 1999

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

4.141.1 - 4.141.23

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https://peer.asee.org/8117

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William Bambrick

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Session 1339

Computer Tools for Integrating Engineering Design and Engineering Economics

By William L. Bambrick

PDM Division of Inso Corporation1

Abstract

“World-class” manufacturing companies have recognized the economic importance of the decisions made during the engineering design phase of the life of a product. 75% to 95% of a product’s cost is committed before manufacturing beginsi. Initiatives such as concurrent engineering, target costing, and quality function deployment are a result of this recognition of the impact the design process has on product cost.

Major investments in new application systems are being made by just about every major manufacturer to address the Year 2000 Problem, replace old mainframe systems, and to take advantage of the latest technological advances. These new systems are replacing systems that were supporting the supply chain or order fulfilment business process.

Very few manufacturers have an integrated set of systems in place that can be used to manage the product design and change process. Very little of the massive new system investment is going into tools for these processes. This paper outlines how an integrated set of systems can be developed from existing commercial software packages. How these systems can be used to proactively manage product cost is discussed.

The Importance of Integrating Engineering Design & Engineering Economics

“World-class” manufacturing companies have recognized the economic importance of the decisions made during the engineering design phase of the product life cycle. These companies are successfully competing in the rapidly changing world market place. They have effectively implemented such initiatives as lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, total quality management (TQM), concurrent engineering, target costing, and quality function deployment.

They recognize the fact that 75% to 95% of their product’s cost is committed before the product enters production (Figure 1). Target costing and quality function deployment

1 Formally known as Sherpa Corporation

Bambrick, W. (1999, June), Computer Tools For Integrating Engineering Design And Engineering Economics Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/8117

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