Piedras, Hugo, Yacout, Soumaya, and Savard, Gilles
International Journal of Production Research. 10/15/2006, Vol. 44 Issue 20, p4401-4416. 16p.
MATHEMATICAL programming, NEW product development, ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING processes, JUST-in-time systems, QUALITY function deployment, INDUSTRIAL engineering, PRODUCT design, CUSTOMER satisfaction, and RAPID prototyping
This paper proposes a mathematical programming technique to optimize the product development process. Using a concurrent engineering approach, the paper presents a formulation that maps the different stages of product development. The decision variables of these stages are then determined simultaneously. While the Quality Function Deployment Technique (QFD) is based on a qualitative sequential approach, this paper proposes a holistic quantitative approach to concurrent product-process optimization. The mathematical programming technique is applied to the first two stages of product development: the optimization of customer satisfaction and the product's design. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]