A decade trend of utilization of design tools and methods in Japanese product industries

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Nomaguchi, Yutaka; Takami, Masashi; Sakaguchi, Anna; Fujita, Kikuo
Series: ICED
Institution: Osaka University, Japan
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 379-388
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Researchers in the design engineering domain have devoted to develop various tools and methods which support new product development activities. However, there are less research works surveying their utilization in industries, and few works focusing on its trend during a certain period. This research aims at clarifying how much design tools and methods have been utilized in Japanese industries in the last decade, and what factors promote or disturb their effective utilization. First, this paper reports a questionnaire survey performed in 2014 on utilization of various tools and methods in product development process of Japanese manufacturing industries. Its results are compared with those of Japanese survey carried out in 2002. Three metrics are set to evaluate the utilization: awareness, usage and effectiveness. The analysis of the questionnaire survey can roughly reveal some trends of the utilization. In addition, this research carries out the interview to analyze the detailed situations. Analysis of the changes of the three metrics during the decade and the interviews reveal factors behind those trends.

Keywords: Design engineering, Design for X (DfX), Design methods, Computational design methods, New product development


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