Efficient organizing of design activities

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International Journal of Production Research


Concurrent design should result in reduction of the duration of a design project, cost reduction, and better quality of the final design; however, it may increase the complexity of the design process and make it more difficult to manage. In this paper, an algorithm is developed for organizing design activities in order to effectively produce an acceptable design. The relationship among design activities is represented with an incidence matrix and the corresponding directed graph. The design process is simplified by identifying and analysing design activities that are coupled. The algorithm presented in the paper generates a sequence of design activities such that the number of cycles is minimized, i.e. the product development time is reduced. The concepts presented are illustrated with examples. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of International Journal of Production Research is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



Published Article/Book Citation

International Journal of Production Research, 31:4 (1993) pp.753

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