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Product Development Exchange

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010924D
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 284K

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Abstract

Engineering activities suffer as a result of poor access to necessary data or information. Excessive time is spent finding an item and, when the item is found, it is often the wrong one or has already been superseded by another item located elsewhere. The problem exists throughout the entire Product Development (PD) community Engineers are often unaware that data disconnects exist while proceeding with PD activities. As a result, design quality suffers.

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Description of Invention:

Problem Statement

Engineering activities suffer as a result of poor access to necessary data or information. Excessive time is spent finding an item and, when the item is found, it is often the wrong one or has already been superseded by another item located elsewhere. The problem exists throughout the entire Product Development (PD) community. Engineers are often unaware that data disconnects exist while proceeding with PD activities. As a result, design quality suffers.

Too many independent (nonintegrated) tools using nonstandard approaches further confuse the issue. The result is:

- Inefficient information transfer between individuals and corporate knowledge base - Inability of PD engineers to find what they are looking for, and lack of awareness of available information
- Ineffective reuse of information
- Inconvenient and nonintegrated means to digitally transfer and share information
- Inability to recognize where information could be used in other organizations and for other applications

Solutions to date have been fragmented and limited by nonintegrated navigation across multiple IT solutions. They primarily address storage and retrieval, but not from a user's perspective. Many systems rely on cumbersome uncontrolled paper copies and provide a limited means for program-to-program and organization-to-organization sharing and/or reuse. Problem Solution The solution is to improve communication within the Product Development Engineer...