Conference Will Focus on Product Innovation; MANUFACTURING
Birmingham City University is hosting a conference designed to give manufacturers and engineers in the West Midlands a better insight into the use of knowledge-based engineering for product development.
The conference, on Monday, is being conducted by the university's design and process innovation team, led by KBE-specialist Craig Chapman, and based at the Technology Innovation Centre.
For more than 20 years, the engineering world has been dominated by Computer Aided Engineering - CAD/CAE - but it is predicted that KBE, and supporting technologies such as 'solid modelling' and 'analytical prototyping', will become the prime means of industrial product design and development by 2010.
The university has formed a partnership with US-based KBE specialist, TechnoSoft, to offer UK industry access to world-leading engineering design software.
This has brought KBE resources within reach of even the most modest UK manufacturer.
The conference will reveal the concept in detail, explaining the extent of its applications and engineering design benefits.
KBE drastically reduces product design timescales. It enables users to capitalise on the entire body of a company's knowledge. …