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Effective Use Of Concurrent Engineering Tools In Engineering Education

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.405.1 - 6.405.8

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Ramachandran Radharamanan

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Angela Ansuj

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Session 2525

Effective Use of Concurrent Engineering Tools in Engineering Education

R. Radharamanan, Angela P. Ansuj Mercer University/Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil


In this paper, the concurrent engineering design concepts, the tools that are used to achieve the concept of design for manufacturability, and the benefits one can expect by integrating the best practices for their process improvement are applied in an engineering education environment. The students are trained to use the concurrent engineering tools in their engineering courses such as use of design of experiments and Taguchi methods in conducting experiments to improve the product quality by controlling the process variables; and the use of design for manufacture, computer aided design, and value analysis in their multidisciplinary senior design projects in improving the product design, meeting the time schedule (project completion time), and providing customer satisfaction (client) with high quality and minimum cost. The results obtained through laboratory experiments and design projects are presented and discussed.

I. Introduction

Concurrent Engineering (CE) is defined as the earliest possible integration of overall company’s knowledge, resources, and experience in design, development, marketing, manufacturing, and sales into creating successful new products, with high quality and low cost, while meeting customer expectations. The most important result of applying CE is the shortening of the product concept, design, and development process from a serial to a parallel one. The general concepts when applied in an integrated manner are very powerful and can be applied in any type of organization 1, 3.

The basic purpose of CE is to be more effective by means of cooperation among all departments involved in the creation of a product 2. The CE design process in its simplest form is the integrated execution of basic principles, such as process management, design, manufacturability, and automated infrastructure support. Process management is probably the most important of the four principles, since it coordinates and facilitates the CE design process 7. The design phase is the execution of the design process for developing a product and its manufacture, and many different people that are involved in the project execute this phase. Manufacturability involves the interaction of the people involved in the actual production of the product with its designers, so that different parameters of the product can be reviewed and discussed and any problems quickly identified and solved. Finally, automated infrastructure support provides all the processes that facilitate all the other processes, such as computers, data transfer and retrieval systems, and the like 3, 7. A very basic and important ingredient of CE is Design for Manufacture (DFM). DFM is the practice of designing products with manufacturing in mind so that they can

Radharamanan, R., & Ansuj, A. (2001, June), Effective Use Of Concurrent Engineering Tools In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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