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Integrating manufacturing knowledge with design process to improve quality in aerospace industry

Integrating manufacturing knowledge with design process to improve quality in aerospace industry

El Souri, Mohammed, Gao, James ORCID: 0000-0001-5625-3654 and Simmonds, Clive (2019) Integrating manufacturing knowledge with design process to improve quality in aerospace industry. In: Procedia CIRP: 29th CIRP Design Conference 2019 08-10 May 2019, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal. Elsevier, pp. 374-379. ISSN 2212-8271 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2019.04.179)

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Abstract

There had been research efforts in the knowledge management and related disciplines devoted to integrating data and knowledge generated from manufacturing activities into the design process. Such efforts focused on approaches for enhancing engineering specifications and supplier related decision making in order to improve manufacturing quality through reducing defects. However, rarely did previous researchers address the ‘Integration’ aspect as part of a centrally-driven systematic workflow that enables collaborative knowledge capture between the internal design teams and manufacturing engineering teams firstly, and also with dispersed supplier teams. The industrial context of this research is discussed in this paper reflecting on the nature of the aerospace industry, which involves heavy reliance on information exchange to optimise designs on a day-to-day basis. This aspect had already been identified by many researchers to be under-addressed and a very significant challenge of collaborative design. The main aim of describing the context is to address the complexity involved in integrating manufacturing data generated internally first, and from suppliers second, within workflow context in order to to design a collaborative framework using knowledge management principles. The complexity also features aspects of product design and manufacturing specifically related to the the aerospace industry which tend to have exceptional functional specifications than other products from other industries. The implications of the proposed approach in the light of high value, low volume and high product lifecycle management challenges is also discussed. This paper also reports findings of an empirical investigation carried out with a leading UK based manufacturer of avionic systems with regards to manufacturing knowledge integration challenges related to improving the design of complex avionic systems, in order to enhance the design process for the business and improve the adaptation of a generic product design knowledge base. The purpose of it is to enable more rich data towards information driven design to improve manufacturing quality through defect reduction strategies and techniques.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Procedia CIRP: 29th CIRP Design Conference 2019 08-10 May 2019, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge management, System integration, Design for manufacturing, Collaborative design
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Applied Engineering & Management
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Design, Manufacturing and Innovative Products Research Theme
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Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 11:15
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24010

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