Product and Process Design
Product and process design is at the heart of all business activity and integration with costing enables better decisions to be made and this helps to reduce business risks. Such integration is still elusive and it is due to lack of a unifying methodology. The development of such a methodology requires effective integration of the key variables and a user-friendly interface. Advances in computer systems and software now allow us to attempt this and a research project was therefore undertaken to study this possibility. What emerged from the effort was software that proved to be of value to industry and for teaching of manufacturing engineering in universities. The concepts underlying this software are outlined here and we commence by looking at the nature of product and process design.
KeywordsAssembly Planning Part Planning Part Manufacture Supply Chain System Buffer Level
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