NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ945966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
The Transition to a Configurator Based Design Process in an MTO+C+E Environment
Ahrens, Fred
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v10 n3-4 p43-49 Jul-Dec 2009
University student internships can be an important pre-professional experience for the student and be an immense benefit to an employer. Because of the findings of a 6-Sigma project to reduce engineering errors, a design configurator was to be rebuilt to include updated design information and expanded product coverage. Lacking available full time employees to support the project a team of mostly engineering graduate students were hired for intern positions and tasked with rebuilding this critical application. A design configurator is an expert system that programmatically applies design rules to create a product configuration based on user inputs. This paper summarily reviews BOM basics and describes how a configurator was "reverse engineered" by university students by data mining BOM data previously generated in an ETO like environment. (Contains 11 figures.)
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A