Integrated product and enterprise design for global competitiveness
CITATION: Du Preez, N. D. & Reid, J. M. C. 1998. Integrated product and enterprise design for global competitiveness. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 9(1):37-45, doi:10.7166/9-1-379.
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This paper presents an overview of the challenge to integrate product and process life cycles in maintaining global competitiveness of an enterprise and proposes IEKOS as a possible solution . It provides the reader with a framework of two virtual life cycles which create a problem solving matrix for the industrial engineer. In this matrix, bordered by the virtual enterprise life cycle and the virtual product life cycles, the business functions of analyze, design deploy and operate are predominantly functions executed by the, industrial engineer. The different phases of each life cycle serves as a framework to a virtual industrial engineering toolkit providing access to detailed functions, formats, examples and a series of software and other "tools" available to the industrial engineer. In conclusion a brief overview is provided of the progress of the IEKOS toolkit which is under development at the department ofIndustrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University.