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Empirical exploration for a product data management (PDA) system at a major telecommunications firm

Alan D. Smith (Professor of Operations Management, Department of Marketing and Management, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Product data management (PDM) is an essential tool that assists engineers and others manage both engineering data and the product development process. This study aims to evaluate the advantages and justify the implementation a PDM system at the broadband wireless group (BWG) of a major telecommunications firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. Examines results of previous PDM implementations and obtains primary data via a department staff survey regarding time spent searching for product or part information, product development cycle time, and information exchange or sharing. Illustrates that PDM implementations have led to significant improvement in all facets of product design, documentation, introduction, manufacturing, and support. These improvements will result in an increase in design reuse and a decrease in product development costs and the number of engineering changes.

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Smith, A.D. (2004), "Empirical exploration for a product data management (PDA) system at a major telecommunications firm", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 104 No. 6, pp. 513-525. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570410543816

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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