AUTOMATED INTERFACING OF
DESIGN/ENGINEERING SOFTWARE WITH
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
 Inventors: Kate M. Ferriter, Atlanta; Robert B.
Mathis, Merietta, both of Ga.
 Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, N.Y.
 Appl. No.: 115,073
 Filed: Oct. 28,1987
 Int. CI.* G06F 15/21
 U.S. CI 364/401
 Field of Search 364/401, 518; 434/108
 References Cited
Henry Fersko-Weiss, "Master Plan: Project Management Software", PC Magazine, Sep. 29, 1987, pp. 153-157.
Renouard, C. A., "A Computerized Inventory Model for Production Control", Control Engineering, Apr. 1971, pp. 61-64.
Andrew Layman, Time-Line, pp. 3-9, 18-27, 113-119, 124 cc 127, 1984.
Manuel Sotomayor, "Easy to Relate", PC World, vol. 3, No. 4, 128 & 135, Apr. 1, 1985.
Primary Examiner—Jerry Smith
Assistant Examiner—Gail O. Hayes
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Whitham & Marhoefer
A method for the automatic interfacing of a conceptual design tool with a project management tool is disclosed. The conceptual design tool provides for the early manufacturing involvement information needed to aid and improve the total design and manufacturing effort to produce a final product. The conceptual design tool is used to build and modify a product structure. Using the conceptual design tool, a user inputs manufacturing details by item in the product structure. When the user invokes the project mangement tool interface, the system prompts the user to select items of the product structure which are critical. The system then orders the selected items according to lead times from manufacturing detail data gathered by the conceptual design tool. The ordered data is then formatted in a file of the project management tool. The formatted file is then imported into the project management tool. In addition, data modified by the project management tool can later be reformatted for export to the conceptual design tool to allow the design process to continue with updated project data.
4 Claims, 16 Drawing Sheets