Title: Data-driven through-life costing to support product lifecycle management solutions in innovative product development

Authors: Wai Ming Cheung; Antony R. Mileham; Linda B. Newnes; Robert Marsh; John D. Lanham

Addresses: School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. ' School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. ' Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK

Abstract: Innovative product usually refers to product that comprises of creativity and new ideas. In the development of such a new product, there is often a lack of historical knowledge and data available to be used to perform cost estimation accurately. This is due to the fact that traditional cost estimation methods are used to predict costs only after a product model has been built, and not at an early design stage when there is little data and information available. In light of this, original equipment manufacturers are also facing critical challenges of becoming globally competitive and increasing demands from customer for continuous innovation. To alleviate these situations this research has identified a new approach to cost modelling with the inclusion of product lifecycle management solutions to address innovative product development. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to discuss methods of developing an extended-enterprise data-driven through-life cost estimating method for innovative product development.

Keywords: innovative product development; digital data library; product lifecycle management; PLM; cost estimation; through-life costing; TLC; extended enterprise.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2011.043184

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2011 Vol.5 No.2/3/4, pp.122 - 142

Available online: 19 Oct 2011 *

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