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International Journal of Product Development
International Journal of Product Development


Special Issue on: “Automotive Product Development, Design and Engineering Process and Applications”

Guest Editors: Dr. Pingfang Tsai, Ford Motor Company, USA and Dr. Robert C. Creese, West Virginia University, USA

If the mantra is “product, product, product”, then lean product development (PD) and management is crucial to deliver the right, cool product to market at the right price. Although each automaker may have adopted a uniquely different approach, the goals are the same: fast delivery of the quality product that the customer wants.

Contributions are invited to this special issue of IJPD that attempts to disseminate the essential practices used by the automotive industry for product development from concept to design and engineering, to prove out, to production and to sales. The lean PD practices include implementing lean principles in every stage of the PD process and management along with the tools and methodologies used to achieve product programme delivery with fast and more products to market, minimum costs and meeting customers' satisfactions and desires.

Subject Coverage
Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
  • Fast and lean product development process management and program control
  • Simultaneous engineering applications
  • Brand management, image and DNA
  • Commonisation – parts, platforms, and architectures
  • Quality function deployment and axiomatic design applications
  • Customer requirements, market study and Kano model applications
  • Concept development, technology and innovation
  • Design and engineering optimisation applications (CAD/CAE/finite element/CFD/robustness/VSA/DFSS/statistical methods, etc.)
  • Design validation and testing (plan) with less prototypes
  • Flexible manufacturing, CAM, lean production system and six sigma DMAIC
  • Product reliability programme and warranties

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of draft manuscripts: 1 March 2007

Notification to authors: 1 June 2007

Final versions due by: 1 October 2007