Directions of Next Generation Product Development

  • Tetsuo Tomiyama
  • Bart R. Meijer
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


For the last 20 years, the focus has been on product development processes and developing tools to support them, addressing not only technological but also managerial issues. While these tools have been successfully supporting product development processes in a general sense, consensus on the direction of future developments seems to be lacking. In the paper, it is argued that horizontal seamless integration of product life cycle knowledge is the key toward the next generation product development. Knowledge fusion, rather than just knowledge integration, is considered crucial. In this paper, we will try to outline the directions of the next generation product development, its tools, and necessary research efforts.


product development integration knowledge fusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuo Tomiyama
    • 1
  • Bart R. Meijer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Marine TechnologyDelft University of TechnologyCD DelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyCD DelftThe Netherlands

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