A framework to support collaboration during prototyping and testing

Boris Toche, Grant McSorley, Robert Pellerin, Clement Fortin

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    The modern perspective on product lifecycle and the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies have opened a new era in product development and information sharing throughout the product life. The product development process relies on cross-functional activities involving different domains of expertise using specialised tools. However, current PLM technologies in general are not able to manage well the cross-functional activities and their configuration management is often left to asynchronous operations carried out with decoupled independent applications, which result in hand-offs, scatter, errors, delays, extra costs and waste. Within the product development process, the testing team is responsible for the planning and building of prototypes in order to test products. In this paper, the characteristics of product lifecycle related information are investigated, with a focus on prototyping and testing aspects. A framework based on complementary product structures is developed, along with an illustrative case study, to demonstrate how results from testing activities can efficiently interface with other value streams, offer relevant feedback to product designers, and maintain the detailed product configuration as the design evolves in a concurrent engineering environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)348-374
    Number of pages27
    JournalInternational Journal of Product Lifecycle Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Aerospace engineering
    • Bill of materials
    • BOM
    • Change management
    • Collaborative engineering
    • Concurrent engineering
    • Configuration management
    • Digital mock-up
    • DMU
    • Physical prototyping
    • PLM
    • Product lifecycle management
    • Product structure
    • Product testing
    • Virtual prototyping


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