Expert R&M design synthesis an enabling technology for concurrent engineering
Multi-disciplinary design teams are a critical element of concurrent engineering, and to be effective, participating functions must have commensurate technical capability. The proposed key to successful concurrent engineering is the technical ability of each design team member to productively participate. This paper describes the importance of “synthesis” software tools to integrate Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) into the early Computer Aided Design environment, thus enabling productive concurrent engineering. A newly developed expert R&M synthesis tool is described along with recent concurrent engineering experiences which lead to its development.
If participation is all that were needed concurrent engineering would have been implemented long ago. The key to effective concurrency is in the ability of the individual team members to productively contribute to the design decision process in a timely manner. Major design configuration decisions must be made before much design detail is available. Technology offers the ability to develop the engineering tools needed to discriminate between design and technology options in this early decision process thus enabling effective concurrent engineering.
KeywordsExpert System Concurrent Engineering Design Synthesis Trade Study Concurrent Engineer
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