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Document Type: Conference paper
Title: A Methodology for Variability Reduction in Manufacturing Cost Estimating in the Automotive Industry based on Design Features
Authors: Romero Rojo, Francisco Javier
Roy, Rajkumar
Shehab, Essam
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2009
Citation: F. J. Romero Rojo, R. Roy, E. Shehab, A Methodology for Variability Reduction in Manufacturing Cost Estimating in the Automotive Industry based on Design Features, Proceedings of the 19th CIRP Design Conference – Competitive Design, Cranfield University, 30-31 March 2009, pp197
Abstract: Small to medium manufacturing companies are coming to realise the increasing importance of performing fast and accurate cost estimates at the early stages of projects to address customers’ requests for quotation. However, they cannot afford the implementation of a knowledge-based cost estimating software. This paper explains the development and validation of a consistent methodology for the cost estimating of manufactured parts (focused on pistons) based on the design features. The research enabled the identification of the sources of variability in cost estimates, and the main one is the lack of formal procedures for the cost estimates in manufacturing SMEs. Finally, a software prototype was developed that reduces the variability in the cost estimates by defining a formal procedure, following the most appropriate cost estimating techniques.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1826/3741
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