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Optimizing the Exchange of Partial Information in Integrated Product Development With Multiple Activities

[+] Author Affiliations
Ali A. Yassine, Bacel Maddah, Joe Jabbour

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Paper No. DETC2012-70747, pp. 559-567; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 9th International Conference on Design Education; 24th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4506-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Integrated product development (IPD) requires the incorporation of downstream concerns during the execution of upstream activities. In this paper, we develop a mathematical model based on dynamic programming (DP) to determine the optimal partial information exchanges between activities in an IPD environment. We provide a novel formulation to optimize the flow of information in a set of sequential activities of any cardinality and show how rework cost can be reduced in an IPD environment. Furthermore, a simulation model is developed to study the effect of integration on the behavior of upstream activities in terms of the frequency and timing of considering partial information. The simulation helps draw out a series of observations about partial information usage, which could be used as general guidelines in an IPD environment.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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