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Title: Manufacturer-centralised web environment to support SMEs in product life-cycle analysis, supplier selection, and design specification
Author: Hou, Jiachen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3582 1843
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2007
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With the rapid development of technologies and dynamic market enviromnent, small and medium sized (SMEs) manufacturing enterprises are challenged with the task of producing customised products in a timely and cost-effective manner. The purpose of this research is to establish a manufacturing centralised Web environment for manufacturers to keep a competitive position with particular focus on the issues of product life cycle, supplier selection and product design specification. This is achieved by generating appropriate models first and then integrated the models into the Web supported environment. An investigation was carried out with SMEs to find out the issues that have significant influences on product life cycle and supplier selection. The survey results reveal that different strategic approaches need to be taken for product life cycle analysis and supplier selection. Distributed infonnation sharing and communication are essential to support this manufacturer centralized environment, which is constructed based on the Enterprise JavaBeans and other related Web technologies. Product Life Cycle (PEC) is used to map the lifespan of a product. A CustomerManufacturer-Competitor oriented model has been generated, which helps manufacturers clarify and analyse the orientation of customers, competitors and manufacturer in a strategic manner. The model helps manufacturers discover the neglected issues within PEC stages. To effectively analyse information and to provide solutions. Quality Function Deployment, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, and Analytical Hierarchy Process/Analytical Network Process have been integrated to implement the task. Supplier selection plays a vital role in the process of product development. This research provides an irmovative supplier selection model to help manufacturers to identify appropriate suppliers for the components, materials and services required within the procedure of product design and manufacture. It enhances supplier selection efficiency and flexibility within a global environment, enabling manufactures to avoid or minimize risks when external conditions change. Product design specification (PDS) is a key step regarding the total design process. This research provides an approach for people involved in the design process to efficiently share and to reuse the PDS related infonnation. The features of modular deeomposability, scalability, portability and flexibility are particularly emphasised while allocating PDS information by the disparate and heterogeneous set of platfonns and operating systems.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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