IMPLEMENTATIONS The organizational structure of corporations has evolved to support the life cycle approach to product realization. Systems planners, marketing, product development, product design, documentation, manufacturing engineering, process planning, testing, materials management, shop floor control, sales, and maintenance are some of the names associated with traditional divisions in a corporation.
The nature and time distribution (frequency) of changes depends upon the type of product realization process used. In a traditional sequential process products are def ined and the des ign is "frozen", and sent to manufacturing engineers, who create their own changes, then "vault" the drawings for manufacturing. This official information is used to drive a 31 volume maftufacturing shop. Since the customer delivery date is set by the market, the traditional process is started early to meet that date.
Advanced Information Technologies for Industrial Material Flow Systems by James J. Solberg, Joseph A. Heim (auth.), Shimon Y. Nof, Colin L. Moodie (eds.)