Stimulating design reuse through automated coding

Doug M. Love, Jeffrey A. Barton

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In designing new product the ability to retrieve drawings of existing components is important if costs are to be controlled by preventing unnecessary duplication if parts. Component coding and classification systems have been used successfully for these purposes but suffer from high operational costs and poor usability arising directly from the manual nature of the coding process itself. A new version of an existing coding system (CAMAC) has been developed to reduce costs by automatically coding engineering drawings. Usability is improved be supporting searches based on a drawing or sketch of the desired component. Test results from a database of several thousand drawings are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal for Manufacturing Science and Production
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • design
  • new product
  • retrieve drawings
  • existing components
  • costs
  • duplication
  • component coding
  • classification systems
  • coding system
  • reduce costs
  • automatically coding
  • engineering drawings
  • usability


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