InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleProduct Change Management: Assessing the challenges to maintaining design integrity throughout the product lifecycle
Primary AuthorAshley Morris, Cardiff University
Other Author(s) Marc Halpern; Rossi Setchi; Paul Prickett
Pages 188 - 200
Article ID sdm14-001
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractThe designs of high-value, long-life products such as aircraft, trains and industrial plant continually evolve, both at the time of manufacture but also during their operating lives. Such products are invariably managed in complex multi-stakeholder environments. It is important that regulatory systems are able to monitor that the design integrity established when a product is first created is maintained through-life. The purpose of this paper is to assess the challenges to maintaining design integrity throughout the product lifecycle. Discussions with a number of organisations undertaken by the authors have indicated that managing product information in the context of the product change process continues to be problematic. There is a fundamental need to improve the alignment between through-life design management processes, information technology and the management models used to guide decision making. To quantify the challenges currently being experienced a survey was undertaken. The results of the survey have been used to support the development of ten guiding principles to inform the thinking needed to resolve the challenges experienced with the management of design change for large complex products.
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