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A Process Selection and Component Costing System in Support of Product Design
Published January 01, 1991 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom
Event: AutoTech 91
In today's competitive market place there is an increasing trend toward shorter product lead-times. Hence, there is a need to become more efficient, to incur less rework and to reduce waste in both material and resources. This paper discusses a novel technique which addresses these issues as early as the conceptual stage of product design.
The methodology described provides the engineer with an assessment of the manufacturability of a component and an indication as to its likely cost to produce. The relationship of the technique with existing design support tools is discussed, together with an example of how the technique can be used to determine the most appropriate manufacturing process for a given design. Computer-aided implementations of the methodology (CAD and Expert System based) are also discussed