The design and introduction to market of a complex product typically involves collaboration and the consequent sharing of engineering information across an extended enterprise involving a multitude of engineering disciplines and organizations throughout the product’s life.
This collaboration and sharing includes information such as product requirements, CAD, bill of materials, manufacturing instructions for collaborative product design, information for the outsourcing of the design and build, information for manufacturing and information about equipment and standard parts suppliers.
The timely and accurate sharing of this information is critical to the rapid delivery of a high quality product to market. However, achieving effective data sharing is challenging. The necessary data is managed by a variety of systems across the extended enterprise. The data is often replicated and sometimes