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Application of product data management within the product development process

Hooi Leng, Lee (2002) Application of product data management within the product development process. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    Manufacturing companies need to be able to respond to customer demand quickly
    and accurately. This requires the capability to manage product data effectively.
    Product Data Management (PDM) systems have been identified as a solution to
    deliver this capability by providing the right information to the right people at the
    right time and in the right format.
    The foundation of this research is that the concept of PDM is relevant and important
    within the product development process. This research focuses upon how the PDM
    concept is applied in practice to define and configure products and how it can be
    integrated with other major information systems to enable an enterprise wide
    information system. To enable the research aim, an extensive review of literature
    was undertaken to investigate the effectiveness of PDM in enhancing the product
    definition process and in creating an interface between different business functional
    areas.
    A survey ofPDM system usage was undertaken aimed at identifying the current level
    of PDM usage within manufacturing enterprises in the UK. This was followed up by
    three industrial case studies to provide some degrees of validation of the results
    obtained. A need for effective one time order capture was identified from the three
    case studies which led to the development of a model specification for a late product
    configuration tool. A prototype system was produced to validate the design
    specification and was successfully demonstrated to a collaborating company. During
    the submission of this thesis, the collaborating company and the university are
    working on funding a project to pursue with its implementation.
    The work undertaken has firmly established the relevance ofPDM within the product
    development process and the importance of effective interfaces between PDM and
    other manufacturing information systems. The research will be of interest to small
    and medium sized manufacturing companies searching solutions for improving the
    management of their product data to enhance product definition and configuration.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.247379
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Industrial processes & manufacturing processes Manufacturing processes Management
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
    Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 09:13
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2012 09:13
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14688

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