Object-Oriented Reference Model of the Fuzzy Front End of the Product Introduction Process

  • M. A. Williams
  • A. K. Kochhar


This paper describes an Object Oriented Reference Model of the vital front end of the Product Introduction Process (PIP). The model is divided into a set of five individual modules covering market oriented product development through to project approval and the full design specification of a new product. The Reference Model presented in the work was developed using Coad/Yourdon’s Object-Oriented Analysis (OOA) and the suitability of the method to produce the model is discussed Within each module, system elements are represented as individual objects along with their respective responsibilities and interaction. These process elements include relevant procedures, product quality gates, resources, data, tools & techniques, and documentation etc. An example of one of the developed modules is included.


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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Williams
    • 1
  • A. K. Kochhar
    • 1
  1. 1.UMISTManchesterUK

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