1 Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
The purpose of this article is to describe how the term “product” has changed during the last 5 to 10 years in different branches and how this change has influenced the understanding and design of products as well as production systems. The global market place together with the development within computer technology has enforced the customers’ requirements of individual products and increased the content of knowledge in a product. To day, the physical embodiment of a product is becoming a smaller and smaller part of a products value chain. The product thus consists of a physical part and a large range of inbuilt services. Therefore, our perception of what a product is must change. The change will also influence the education of the engineers, as the concept for their work is changing.
Idmme 2004, 2004
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5th International Conference on Integgrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering, 2004