A product data manager supporting a new co-design methodology for SMEs
by Domenico Biondi, Flavio Bonfatti, Paola Daniela Monari, Franca Giannini, Marina Monti
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Vol. 18, No. 1/2/3/4, 2003

Abstract: Today, SMEs are often required to provide a fast answer to customer's request for products tailored to its individual requirements; in consequence, it is quite common that SMEs working in the same industrial sector are oriented to cooperate with each other in order to reach a market objective that would be out of reach for a single enterprise, and that can be better achieved from a consortium of enterprises. Often, the cooperation is a real collaboration among the companies in the design of the new product. This paper describes a product data manager supporting the definition and the negotiation of the product data within a co-design network of SMEs. The described tool is part of the results of Esprit Project 25360 COWORK (COncurrent project development IT tools for small medium enterprises netWORKs).

Online publication date: Mon, 21-Jul-2003

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