CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sami Chatti, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart, Tullio Tolio

Cooperative Engineering

  • Jan-Fabian MeisEmail author
Reference work entry



Cooperative engineering describes an approach which aims to develop products and support production structures and processes within disciplines parallel and with strong interaction between all stakeholders.

Theory and Application


Sequential development of products within specific areas as well as insufficient communication between departments combined with increased product complexity has led to an increased time-to-market. Simultaneous engineering and concurrent engineering have emerged as development concepts in the early 1960s (Lawson and Karandikar 1994; Kusiak 1992). The benefit of strong integration of all stakeholders involved in product development process as well as the parallelization of activities has promised significant improvements in development time and development cost. Primary approach is the overlap and parallelization of activities which traditionally were performed in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Instituts für Werkzeugmaschinen und Betriebswissenschaften der TU München (iwb e.V.)GarchingGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Günther Schuh
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung (FIR) e. VRWTH AachenAachenGermany