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Product change management: the through-life impact of diverging designs within product fleets

Prickett, Paul William ORCID:, Morris, Ashley ORCID: and Setchi, Rossitza ORCID: 2015. Product change management: the through-life impact of diverging designs within product fleets. Presented at: SDM'2015: 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Seville, Spain, 12-14 April 2015.

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The designs of high-value, long-life products such as aircraft, trains and industrial plant continually evolve, both at the time of manufacture but also during their operating lives. Such products are invariably managed in complex multi-stakeholder environments where the product change process spans a number of organisations. It is clearly important that regulatory systems are able to monitor that the design integrity established when a product is first created is maintained through-life. The purpose of this paper is to assess the challenges to maintaining design integrity throughout the product lifecycle. Discussions with a number of organisations undertaken by the authors have indicated that managing product information in the context of the product change process continues to be problematic. There is a fundamental need to improve the alignment between through-life design management processes, information technology and the management models used to guide decision making. To quantify the challenges currently being experienced a mathematical model has been developed to support investigations into the level and impact of design changes that have been reported by engineers in industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 04:50

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