There is an increasing focus on reducing time‐to‐market for new products and a prerequisite for succeeding in this is the ability to transfer and use information about the products early on in projects, thus facilitating early problem‐solving. This paper focuses on the use of product data and information systems for the design of materials supply systems in product development projects. The results from a case study show that there are product data available at an early stage in the project. However, the product data have to be retrieved from several information systems and from information systems, which the materials supply systems designers cannot use. In addition, product data can be obtained by means of personal communication much earlier than they can be retrieved from the information systems. It is concluded that research and development is required so that the information systems can be utilised for both early release and retrieval of preliminary information.
Johansson, E. and Medbo, L. (2004), "On the use of product data in the design of the materials supply system", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 15 No. 7, pp. 641-650. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380410555880
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