Authors: Takahide Tokawa, Steven H. Kim
Addresses: Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. ' Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract: Automated tools for design can improve productivity in an organisation by accelerating the execution of routine tasks. A more interesting consequence of computer-aided packages is the possibility of enhancing the quality of design: the increased efficiency allows for a systematic search of alternative candidates, from which a superior design may be selected. This paper presents an operational definition of quality based on the relative rank of a design with respect to alternative candidates. The impact of an expanded list of candidates on the ultimate quality is explored through both a theoretical analysis and a simulation case study.
Keywords: design automation; industrial applications; computing; mathematical modelling; design quality; tool automation; computer-aided design; CAD; simulation.
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 1992 Vol.5 No.1, pp.8 - 21
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