1983-09-12

A Design Methodology for Reducing Product Development Lead Time 831341

The need for a foreshortened product development lead time has become a necessity, in today's economy, to the efficient manufacturing of off-highway mining trucks. This paper reviews the approach taken by one noted truck manufacturer. By utilizing finite element analysis, plastic scale modeling techniques, and a comprehensive full scale test facility, the development lead time of the WABCO 100 Ton HAULPAK* was reduced to 60% of that normally required for the development of a new product from conceptual layout to production release.

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