Challenges in managing the convergence of information and product design technology in a small company
by Andrew T. Walters, Huw Millward
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 53, No. 2/3/4, 2011

Abstract: In a manufacturing environment, product development technologies have the potential to be a central tool in the organisation of administrative and manufacturing tasks. Such integration of technology and information presents a strategic avenue for creating efficiencies in the development of highly complex products. This paper examines the implementation of a sophisticated computer aided design (CAD) package in a small company. The strategic aim was to bring components into the CAD environment, supporting each component with procurement information. The intention was that this would lead to: reduced design cycle times through the development of parts libraries; improved efficiencies in planning; and reduced manufacturing cycle times. In a small commercial environment, such strategic development presents a challenging task.

Online publication date: Sat, 12-Feb-2011

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