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Fuzzy Selection of Concurrent Engineering Implementation Tactics

  • F. Lettice
  • A. Matin
  • S. Evans
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Summary

There are many Concurrent Engineering implementation tactics to choose from, but no formal mechanism exists to aid the selection process. The selection procedure is surrounded by ambiguity and the consequences of different decisions are difficult to predict and quantify. A system to support the evaluation and selection of implementation tactics is therefore required by companies during their transformation to a CE product development environment. This paper describes a prototype decision support system which uses fuzzy logic rather than numerical arithmetic. The design allows the user to determine the importance of a number of significant attributes. These inputs are in a subset of the users language. The expressions are converted into fuzzy sets and processed by the scoring model. The output — itself a fuzzy set — is then converted into a natural language term. The user is presented with a list of tactics in order of their importance.

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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lettice
    • 1
  • A. Matin
    • 1
  • S. Evans
    • 1
  1. 1.The CIM Institute, Cranfield Institute of TechnologyUK

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