Date of Award

5-31-1993

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Manufacturing Engineering Division

First Advisor

Steve Kotefski

Second Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Third Advisor

Nouri Levy

Abstract

The concept of Concurrent Engineering recognizes an immediate need for a new design environment and technology and so requires extensive interdisciplinary cooperation and integration of diverse functions of a manufacturing organization such as marketing, design, manufacturing and finance. One of the key factors to achieve successful integration among the departments is better communication and it becomes imperative in cases of varying levels of communication needs, especially in interdepartmental cases.

Concurrent Engineering is a philosophy which provides certain benefits. There are various tools and methods available for implementation of Concurrent Engineering concepts. One of the tools is Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD & T), which can be used for indespensible communication of exact part design and its proper execution. Unlike other tools, GD & T concepts emphasize on the integration of various functions in a manufacturing organization.

This thesis discusses the applicability of Geometric Dimensioning and Tol-erancing as an integrating tool for related functional departments in the concur¬rent environment. It also establishes the synchronization between the objectives of the two concepts. Also, it discusses the effect of using GD & T on vendor lead time and manufacturing lead time. The effect on the product quality, the cost econom¬ics and the learning curve is also investigated.

Lastly, the thesis concludes that the implementation of GD & T concepts automatically attains the objectives of concurrent engineering. The use of GD & T in industries may lead to widespread implementation of the concurrent engineer¬ing concepts globally. Therefore, it can be considered as a medium or tool for Con¬current Engineering.

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Manufacturing Commons

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