FUNCTIONAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – DISCUSSING KNOWLEDGE ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES
The concept of functional products affects the business as a whole. The hardware will be offered to customers as one part incorporated in a total offer. The offer as a whole compromise services related to and/or designed into that hardware. The product development level will be affected, this emerging development process is called Functional Product Development (FPD). Computer tools to support decisions in engineering design are commonly used by design teams. Today, these tools are considered to be internal and support engineering specific knowledge. However, FPD insists on collaboration between companies to achieve additional knowledge. The purpose in this paper is to discuss new demands on computer tools to support decisions in FPD.