Content tagged "product development of wood products"

Cross-Laminated Timber: The Innovative Building System

Wood Products Updated: January 01, 2016

By Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo and Omar Espinoza. University of MinnesotaWood has played an essential role in the development of civilization for its...

Innovation in the Forest Products Industry

Wood Products Updated: January 01, 2016

By Omar Espinoza and Maria Fernanda Laguarda-MalloThe U.S. forest products industry has been facing many struggles during the last two decades. A combination...

Omar Espinoza, University of Minnesota

Wood Products Updated: June 13, 2014

Omar Espinoza is Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota's Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department.He also chairs the Forest Products...

How can I identify customer needs?

Wood Products Updated: January 29, 2014

Identifying customer needs is probably the most important step in the product development process. Only by understating target customers’ needs can the...

What is Quality Function Deployment?

Wood Products Updated: January 29, 2014

Probably the most effective tool to translate customer requirements into design and manufacturing specifications is Quality Function Deployment (QFD). This...

What is mass-customization?

Wood Products Updated: January 29, 2014

Increasing numbers of sophisticated customers are demanding customized goods, and companies are offering a growing number of choices. This presents...

What are the most important recent innovations in wood products?

Wood Products Updated: January 29, 2014

The U.S. forest products industry has been struggling for over two decades. The rise of electronic media, the globalization of manufacturing, and a declining...

How can I translate customer requirements into manufacturing specifications?

Wood Products Updated: December 12, 2012

 There are several tools available for this, but probably the most effective is Quality Function Deployment (QFD). This method allows to systematically...

What is product development process and why is it important to have a formal and well-defined product development process?

Wood Products Updated: December 12, 2012

 Product development process are the steps taken to conceive, design, and commercialize a product [2]. Product development includes improvement to existing...

What are the major steps required in product development process?

Wood Products Updated: December 12, 2012

 Every organization has a different product development process, some more structured than others. Furthermore, variations of the product development...

What are the most common causes for new product failure?

Wood Products Updated: December 12, 2012

 Approximately 25 to 45% of new product projects fail and do not market it to market, and about 46% of the resources spent on development and launch of new...

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