Today's Changing Process Development Environment 931762
The concept of Concurrent Engineering as it applies to the design and development of new fixtures, tools and automated machinery is discussed. The communication paths that are necessary to allow ideas and data to flow freely and creatively throughout the process development cycle are defined. The technical, financial and legal aspects of a concurrent engineering process development cycle involving a final customer and several vendors is presented. The paper provides a model for other Aerospace Companies to follow in planning their current and future automation requirements.