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0.1 Abstract

This report investigates the philosophies and tools behind Concurrent Engineering and compares and contrasts them against the product delivery cycle of a real international blue-chip company – Rank Xerox.

It draws source material from both theory and practical sources including journals, case studies as well as fact-finding visits to Rank Xerox’s manufacturing plant at Mitcheldean UK.

The report then goes on to derive possible routes to improvement via moving towards more concurrent engineering based approaches. It concludes that Concurrent Engineering is more than a buzz-word and can be a valuable tool for companies, acting as a linking bond between people, processes and technology.

0.2 Acknowledgements

To my family, for their vision, patience and encouragement.

The author would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their help in the researching and writing of this report: Dr. Malcolm Swannell and Dr. David Swetnam at The Nottingham Trent University, and John Overbury and Mark Hoole-Jackson at Rank Xerox.

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