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Producible, Robust Designs at GE Aviation

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David Rumpf, Gene Wiggs, Todd Williams, James Worachek

GE Aviation, Lynn, MA

Paper No. DETC2006-99036, pp. 505-529; 25 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4a: 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4258-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Recent literature has emphasized the importance of the design process in meeting customer needs and desires. Deming (Out of the Crisis, 1982) was an early proponent for building in quality and breaking down organizational barriers (Points 3 and 7 of his 14 points). The MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity wrote (Made in America, 1989) that design engineers too often neglected manufacturability and quality and that organizational walls often seem to separate various functions. Hahn, et al (American Statistician 1999) stated that long term business success is highly dependent on product and service design together with a quantitative and disciplined approach to process improvement. Wu and Hamada (2000) noted in their preface that that robust parameter design stands out as an innovative statistical/engineering approach to off-line quality and process improvement. Further they described designing for system robustness as important in quality improvement.

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