A Global Data Structure for Supporting Rapid Product Development

  • Shane (S.Q.) Xie
  • Yiliu Tu


This chapter reports the research work that aims to develop an integrated data structure to support rapid product development (RPD) in the Internet environment. The emphasis is placed on integrated data management and the reuse of past PD experience to support a company’s aim to shorten its PD cycle. The integrated global data structure model was modelled using EXPRESS from STEP with the consideration of real-time data communication within the Internet environment. In terms of this data structure, a design/manufacturing knowledge base was developed as a major part of the WWW (World Wide Web)-based PD system. The basic principles and concepts of the knowledge base and the WWW-based knowledge management system are presented in this chapter. An industrial implementation is also reported.


Shop Floor Quality Function Deployment Asynchronous Transfer Mode Common Object Request Broker Architecture Virtual Manufacturing 
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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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