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Design for control: A new perspective on process and product innovation


  • Bordoloi, Sanjeev
  • Guerrero, Hector H.


Product and process design have been examined from a multitude of perspectives: engineering, manufacturing, marketing, industrial design, as well as the integration of some or all of these perspectives. In turn, each perspective has led to approaches that are commonly known--design for manufacture (DFM), agile enterprise, concurrent engineering, value engineering, design for assembly (DFA), product data management (PDM), product life-cycle management (PLM), and many others. We propose a new perspective--design for control (DFC). DFC focuses on the carefully considered integration of new (or redesigned) parts/products into the control system structures that are used to plan and control the manufacture and assembly of products. We offer a formalization of DFC and the concept of "controllability" that facilitates development and maintenance of more efficient control systems.

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  • Bordoloi, Sanjeev & Guerrero, Hector H., 2008. "Design for control: A new perspective on process and product innovation," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 113(1), pages 346-358, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:113:y:2008:i:1:p:346-358

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    1. Choi, Kanghwa & Narasimhan, Ram & Kim, Soo Wook, 2016. "Opening the technological innovation black box: The case of the electronics industry in Korea," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 250(1), pages 192-203.
    2. Kusiak, Andrew, 2009. "Innovation: A data-driven approach," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 122(1), pages 440-448, November.

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