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Identifies key elements of eco‐design and discusses how they could be implemented. Special attention is given to tools for eco‐design. Describes a case in which these elements were implemented and draws further conclusions.
Contends that, while the importance of time to product development processes has been underscored by many commentators, it is not until “time” is divided into component elements that the scope for improvement becomes manifest. Since time equals money, effective time management is of...
Illustrates the advantages of goal definitions at the earliest stages of product design, both for project engineering teams and for the general management of the design process. Details the progress of a Respironics team which was given the task of redesigning a manual resuscitator to meet...
Summarizes some of the findings of a two‐year research project concerned with how technology‐based companies can master market challenges and so improve their product strategy. Identifies best practices and some of the prerequisites of successful strategy development which have already been...
Reviews the contribution to “rapid tooling” of QuickCast 1.0 and QuickCast 1.1. Explains the genesis and development of QuickCast 1.0, illustrating both its technical ability, and its capacity for saving time and money, and also outlining its industrial shortcomings. Gives a thorough...
Postulates that once the DFMA team has analysed an original product concept and improved the manufacturability and ease‐of‐assembly of that concept, they must change the vision of the product in their mind′s eye to leap forward. The description of the product verbally in terms of functions,...
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