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Metric integration architecture for product development
Author(s): David B. Sieger
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Paper Abstract

Present-day product development endeavors utilize the concurrent engineering philosophy as a logical means for incorporating a variety of viewpoints into the design of products. Since this approach provides no explicit procedural provisions, it is necessary to establish at least a mental coupling with a known design process model. The central feature of all such models is the management and transformation of information. While these models assist in structuring the design process, characterizing the basic flow of operations that are involved, they provide no guidance facilities. The significance of this feature, and the role it plays in the time required to develop products, is increasing in importance due to the inherent process dynamics, system/component complexities, and competitive forces. The methodology presented in this paper involves the use of a hierarchical system structure, discrete event system specification (DEVS), and multidimensional state variable based metrics. This approach is unique in its capability to quantify designer's actions throughout product development, provide recommendations about subsequent activity selection, and coordinate distributed activities of designers and/or design teams across all design stages. Conceptual design tool implementation results are used to demonstrate the utility of this technique in improving the incremental decision making process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3083, Enabling Technology for Simulation Science, (20 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.276720
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David B. Sieger, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3083:
Enabling Technology for Simulation Science
Alex F. Sisti, Editor(s)

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