Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Japan
Issue 2, 1993

In 1991 I spent four months in Japan visiting companies to study how they use computers in the design of their products. My goals were to determine the outlines of the product development process; to find out what computer tools are in use and where they come from; to learn how the needs of marketing, manufacturing, assembly, field service, and other areas are taken into account during design; and to ask what the Japanese see as the main blockages to better product design.