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Product design teams

the simultaneous engineering perspective

Due to a variety of reasons, the United States has been struggling to successfully compete in the global marketplace. Countries such as Japan have been providing better quality products for the past decade. A solution to this situation may be an organizational product design team called concurrent engineering. Concurrent engineering, or simultaneous engineering, is the integration of all disciplines of a product life cycle into one team in order to most effectively and efficiently create a quality end product. Manufacturing, R & D, engineering, manufacturing, design and others areas work together from the onset of a product life cycle. Optimally, this will shorten the length of the product life cycle, develop a better finished product, and increase global competitiveness.
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