Background and Motivation

  • Shane (S.Q.) Xie
  • Yiliu Tu


In today’s global market, more and more manufacturing companies have realised that the ability to quickly develop a customised product in an economic and efficient way is critical for them to survive in today’s competitive international market. This is particularly true for one-of-a-kind production (OKP) companies. A new generation of OKP systems needs to be developed to help these companies maintain competitiveness in the global marketplace and improve the ability to rapidly combine the strengths of manufacturing partners to meet market needs. This chapter gives a definition of OKP and introduces the main issues and objectives of rapid OKP development in the global manufacturing environment.


Sheet Metal Product Development Manufacturing Company Product Development Process Product Data Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shane (S.Q.) Xie
    • 1
  • Yiliu Tu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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