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Communication Environment for Cooperative Product Development between Manufacturers and Suppliers

: Schendel, M.G.; Dimitru, D.

Centro de Computacao Grafica -CCG/ZGDV-:
Workshop Graphics and Modelling in Science and Technology 1994
Coimbra, 1994
Luso-German Computer Graphics Meeting <3, 1994, Coimbra>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
cooperative product development; CSCW; electronic conferencing; multimedia; multimedia-Mail

One of the major issues in product development is the time to market. For showing effective methods for speeding up the development process we use as an example the European automotive industry. The collaboration between manufacturers and suppliers is analysed. A communication environment, consisting of the network, hardware and software, is defined. Various CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) applications, which offer communication functions, are introduced. The described environment uses commercial products as well as prototypes currently under development. It will be tested by engineers working in the automotive industry in mid 1994.