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International Journal of Product Development


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International Journal of Product Development (3 papers in press)


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  • Apparel product development: an overview of existing models   Order a copy of this article
    by Niromi Seram, Julian Nanayakkara, Gamini Lanarolle 
    Abstract: The product development process is recognized as a key element for ensuring long term success and sustainability of organizations. Constantly re-evaluating the strategy and tactics of product development is deemed to be vital to better manage the process of creating more on-point products. Thus, the main focus of this research is to assess how deeply and comprehensively the existing apparel product development models outlined in literature discuss and analyze the development process and identify the prevailing gaps that exist with respect to customer-supplier collaboration and decision making. Some of the existing models discussed in depth in the reported research are, design, design development and style selection stages. A few have considered the integration of the responsible divisions. The theoretical models presented in the literature have not adequately addressed the customer-supplier collaboration and the decision making involved in the apparel product development process although many of them focused on the activities undertaken to complete the product development.
    Keywords: product development; apparel; customer-supplier collaboration; decision making models.

  • Design Modification of Phantom Omni Stylus to make it more accessible to users.   Order a copy of this article
    by Hailu Gebretsadik Teklemariam, Amarendra Kumar Das 
    Abstract: The integration of CAD in to the virtual environment is very important and essential technology to evaluate the virtual product property and to understand the assembly processes. Similar product evaluation and assembly evaluation was done by different researchers mainly focusing on the virtual products behavior and properties. In this paper, both virtual products behavior and the usability of the device used for product evaluation has been evaluated. During this process, it was observed that, the usability of the device (Phantom Omni) stylus was causing pain and discomforting during weight perception of the virtual product. To nullify the discomfort, four different styluses based on the standard gripping diameter and pressing button was proposed; among this four, two were selected through heuristic evaluation and compared with the existing stylus. Final results showed that the participants preferred the modified stylus compared to the existing stylus.
    Keywords: Product design; stylus; Phantom Omni; haptic; virtual object; and CAD.

  • From descriptive customer data to need definition: a formalized approach   Order a copy of this article
    by VINCENT BOLY, Laure Morel, Helmi Ben Rejeb, Mauricio Camargo 
    Abstract: Need is a major concern when designing a new product and, consequently, need analysis is a key task during the front end of innovative projects. However, need remains a paradoxical concept, something that everyone feels, accepts and understands, but is difficult to model. This research contributes to the theoretical and methodological aspect of need. To elaborate a need analysis methodology adapted to the first steps of innovative projects, a literature review highlights the main characteristics of this concept and collects definitions within a large scope of disciplines. Based on these theoretical elements and on a systemic approach, a model is then suggested to describe the needs of targeted stakeholders. This model aims at the treatment of descriptive data concerning the functioning modes of customers and other involved stakeholders in order to define individual needs. An example of application of the method is detailed among a large panel of experimental innovative projects.
    Keywords: need analysis; resources; dependency; innovation; model.