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Collaboration and process control in rapid product development

: Henning, A.; Westkämper, E.

Hamza, M.H. ; International Association of Science and Technology for Development -IASTED-:
Intelligent Systems and Control : Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Intelligent Systems and Control, June 25 - 27, 2003 Salzburg, Austria
Anaheim: IASTED/ACTA Press, 2003
ISBN: 0-88986-355-5
International Conference Intelligent Systems and Control <2003, Salzburg>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
rapid product development; collaborative engineering; rapid virtual enterprise (RVE); Prozeßautomatisierung; Produktentwicklung; Zusammenarbeit; Unternehmensführung

The process of product development is recently undergoing substantial changes. Diametric demands for faster development of product with higher complexity put high pressure on the developing staff making it necessary to utilize highest possible knowledge. Collaboration of experts here offers a promising approach to combine expertise and to meet specific goals. Where collaboration within a company is already feasible at present, co-operation among different companies needs thorough analysis of participating information and workflow processes. In a "rapid virtual enterprise (RVE)" the active coopartion between partners is a vital element. In this paper requirements for participation are derived. For this in the first part the structure and the formation of collaborative work in a Rapid Virtual Enterprise is described. In the second part requirements for the finding of possible partner in a newly generated network as well as for the selection and validation of new partners for an existing network are described.
Also specific tools and approaches for flexible and spontaneous cooperation are presented that make it possible to collaborate within the product development process even across company borders. With such both the speed and the qaulity of the development process can be improved by integration of all relevant experts already at a very early point of the development process.