Concurrent Engineering

Concepts, implementation and practice

  • Chanan S. Syan
  • Unny Menon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Concurrent Engineering: Concepts, Definitions and Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. S. Pawar
      Pages 49-74
    3. C. O’Brien, S. J. Smith
      Pages 75-87
  3. Essential Techniques for Concurrent Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. U. Menon, P. J. O’Grady, J. Z. Gu, R. E. Young
      Pages 91-99
    3. C. S. Syan, K. G. Swift
      Pages 101-115
    4. C. S. Syan, K. G. Swift
      Pages 117-136
    5. P. M. Dickens
      Pages 137-149
  4. Product Design, Support and Management Tools for Concurrent Engineering

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


BACKGROUND There is an increasing awareness that 'time to market' is the key competitive issue in the manufacturing industry today. The global markets are demanding products that are well designed, are of high quality and are at low prices with ever decreasing lead times. Hence manufacturers are forced to utilize the best methods of technology with efficient control and management accompanied by suitably enabling organizational structures. Concurrent engineering (CE) is widely seen to be the methodology that can help satisfy these strenuous demands and keep the profitability and viability of product developers, manufacturers and suppliers high. There have been many reported successes of CE in practice. Rover were able to launch Land Rover Discovery in 18 months as compared with 48-63 months for similar products in Europe. Because of its early introduction to the market it became the best selling product in its class. AT&T report part counts down to one ninth of their previous levels and quality one hundred times (in surface defects) for VLSI (very improvements of large scale integration) circuits as a result of using the CE approach. WHO SHOULD READ THIS TEXT? This book will aim to provide a sound basis for the very diverse subject known as concurrent engineering. Concurrent engineering is recognized by an increasingly large proportion of the manufacturing industry as a necessity in order to compete in today's markets. This recognition has created the demand for information, awareness and training in good concurrent engineering practice.


Motor Rapid Prototyping concurrent engineering design development management manufacturing product design product development software

Editors and affiliations

  • Chanan S. Syan
    • 1
  • Unny Menon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing SystemsUniversity of Northumbria at NewcastleNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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