Concurrent Engineering (CE) & Project Management: New Powerfull Synergy
What is CE ? A systematic Approach to the integrated Concurrent design of products and their related processes, including manufacturing and support. This approach is intended to cause the developers, from the outset, to consider all elements of the product life cycle from conception through disposal, including quality, cost, schedule, and user requirements. IDA R-338 (Defence USA 1988)
Based on a Manufacturing Attitude Survey (Computervision 1993) 88% of UK companies are working for adopting CE; the satisfaction rate of such companies is measured at 98% level respect traditional design approach.
In 1995 IBM opened a support center for CE & TQM in Belgium in order to provide consultancy to companies in Continental Europe
Successes in Manufacturing Sector promote the Contracting & Engineering Area to introduce the CE innovative approach