Cost Estimation and Conceptual Process Planning
Engineering cost estimation is now compulsory from the very first stages of design. The later a cost issue will be detected, the more it will cost. This paper tends to show how to define which information is needed to allow this estimation to be done. A taxonomy that builds a structure in this information has been created. Using this taxonomy, we designed a method to calculate manufacturing costs thanks to an expert system. The cost is determined by considering Cost Entities using pertinent inductors and parametric calculation methods.
KeywordsConceptual Design Cost Estimation Conceptual Process Early Design Stage Material Handling Cost
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