Title: Towards life-cycle measures and metrics for concurrent product development

Authors: Biren (Brian) Prasad

Addresses: Automated Concurrent Engineering (ACE), Spec2Market Solutions, e-Manufacturing Business Unit, CERA Institute, P.O. Box 3882, Tustin, CA 92782, USA

Abstract: Concurrent engineering needs both a series of measurement criteria that are distinct to each process and a set of metrics to check (and validate) the outcome when two or more of the processes are overlapped or required to be executed in parallel. Since product realisation involves concurrent processes that occur across multiple disciplines and organisations, appropriate measures and the methods of qualifying them (called metrics) are essential. The paper describes these life-cycle measures and metrics and how those could be used for gaining operational excellence.

Keywords: concurrent product development; concurrent engineering; life-cycle measures; metrics; X-ability; DFM; CAD/CAM; measurements; product design; process design; performance; quality measures; criteria; efficiency and effectiveness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2002.000275

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2002 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.1-8

Published online: 15 Jul 2003 *

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