Applying 3DCE to environmentally responsible manufacturing practices

Lisa M. Ellram, Wendy Tate, Craig R. Carter

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A review of recent literature in the fields of operations, supply chain, and management indicates there is on-going interest in improving new product development (NPD) performance. Three-dimensional concurrent engineering (3DCE), the simultaneous design of product, process and supply chain have been proposed as a way to improve traditional NPD outcomes, such as reduced time to market, lower costs, and improved customer acceptance. There appears to be a lesser concern associated with the environmental impacts of new products. Environmentally responsible manufacturing (ERM) on new product development focuses on reduced emissions, hazardous materials elimination, and lower product weight without sacrificing functionality. This paper explores the following issue: will employing 3DCE to integrate NPD and ERM yield better benefits than the separate and uncoordinated application of environmental goals and NPD initiatives?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1620-1631
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmentally responsible manufacturing
  • New product development
  • Three dimensional concurrent engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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