In order to compete in the current commercial environment companies
must produce greater product variety, at lower cost, all within a
reduced product life cycle. To achieve this, a concurrent
engineering philosophy is often adopted. In many cases the main
realization of this is Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFM/A).
There is a need for in-depth study of the architectures for DFM/A
systems in order that the latest software and knowledge-based... more...