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Concurrent engineering

Concurrent Engineering

With respect to Sustainability

Concurrent engineering defined
Concurrent Engineering Defined

  • How would you define concurrent engineering (CE)?

  • Definition: “Integrated approach to product-design that takes into account all stages of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal – including costs, quality, testing, user needs, customer support, and logistics”

  • What is an example of this?


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Ce illustration
CE Illustration

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Sustainability defined
Sustainability Defined

  • What is sustainability?

  • What makes something sustainable?

  • Definition: “Ability to maintain or support an activity or process over the long term”

  • Give an example of something sustainable


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Questions to consider
Questions to Consider

  • How can they be related?

  • What makes them related?

  • Why is there a need for either concept?

  • Is the relationship mutually beneficial or mutually exclusive?

    • Why or why not?

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Ce vs sustainability
CE vs. Sustainability

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Why engineers care
Why Engineers Care

  • We are working in an expanding world with finite resources

  • One approach = Innovation + Conservation (Simultaneously, in parallel)

  • Engineers are the ones who influence the utilization of resources with process design, therefore we are also the professionals others turn to for solutions

    • CE helps to accomplish these goals

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The need for ce sustainability
The Need for CE & Sustainability

  • Environments are constantly changing

  • Actions must be quick, effective, and responsible

  • Things must be done correctly the first time

  • Reduce reaction time and act

  • “To be competitive, corporations must alter their product and process development cycle to be able to complete diverse tasks concurrently”

  • Continuous improvement is always needed

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The ce approach
The CE Approach

  • Focuses on optimizing and distributing resources within a company or unit during design and development

  • Collaboration is required

  • Involves implementation, appraisal, and continuous improvement initiatives

  • Must be applied throughout a system to be successful (requires strong leadership)

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How to apply the ce approach
How to Apply the CE Approach

  • Commitment, Planning, and Leadership

    • Requires strong _________________________

      to mandate organizational changes successfully

  • Continuous Improvement

    • CE is a process of ________________________

      with a variety of implementation strategies, so continuous improvement is needed

  • Communication & Collaboration

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Why use ce principles
Why Use CE Principles

  • Competitive Advantage

    • Helps any size company (small or large)

  • Increased Performance

    • Improves quality, development cycle, delivery time…etc

  • Reduced design and production (development) costs

    • Respond better to customer’s expectations at lower costs

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Examples of sustainability ce
Examples of Sustainability & CE

  • Minimizing environmental damage to provide sufficient food, water, shelter, and mobility for an increasing world population

  • “Designing products and processes so that wastes from one are used as inputs to another”  

  • Including environmental and social constraints with economic considerations to make decisions

- Source 4

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Review of article assigned
Review of Article Assigned

  • Need for sustainability as population growth and economic programs put stress on ecosystem balances

  • Concurrency is the “leading design paradigm in achieving balance and sustainability in the human/environmental system” (Dawson, 63)

  • Concurrency consists of: ______________ & ______________

  • Concurrency is determined by comparing the current capacity and environmental systems _____________ to meet to current needs with the uncommitted system _____________________

    ________________ (Dawson, 64)

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Review of article
Review of Article

  • Concurrency as a management tool should be considered from the center of authority and not the local units; however the local unit decisions must be considered in the overall concurrency management plan (Dawson, 65)

  • “Concurrency provides assurance to developers, builders, and investors (owners)” (Dawson, 65)

  • Serious problems can arise when concurrency is applied to ___________________ and ___________________. (Dawson, 66)

  • “Concurrency depends on achieving and maintaining standards…” (Dawson, 67)

  • “Sustainable economic development and environmental quality and not mutually _______________” (Dawson, 68)

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Review of ce principles
Review of CE Principles

  • Get a strong commitment from senior management.

  • Establish unified project goals and a clear business mission.

  • Develop a detailed plan early in the process.

  • Continually review your progress and revise your plan.

  • Develop project leaders that have an overall vision of the project and goals.

  • Analyze your market and know your customers.

  • Suppress individualism and foster a team concept.

  • Establish and cultivate cross-functional integration and collaboration.

  • Transfer technology between individuals and departments.

  • Break project into its natural phases.

  • Develop metrics.

  • Set milestones throughout the development process.

  • Collectively work on all parts of project.

  • Reduce costs and time to market.

  • Complete tasks in parallel.

(List from Source 3)

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Homework due 2 10
Homework – due 2/10

  • Complete both assigned problems to hand in next class period

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  • Dawson, R., & Tao, S. (2002, January). Concurrency: a system design approach to environmental management and sustainability. Journal of Environmental Sciences (IOS Press), 14(1), 63. Retrieved January 28, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.

  • Concurrent engineering / Manufacturing lifecycle illustration:


    • Used for structure and info on several slides

  • NASA definition:


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