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Authors: Ralph E Gomory
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1989

Abstract

Innovative technologies become commercial products in two ways: reduction to practice of scientific knowledge and incremental improvement governed by the product cycle. In the latter, engineers, not scientists, improve the materials and design of a model. For high-tech companies, this cyclic, incremental innovation is critical. Manufacturing engineers must participate in design from the start. Technological solutions should be pulled in at the start of the product cycle.

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Abstract

Innovative technologies become commercial products in two ways: reduction to practice of scientific knowledge and incremental improvement governed by the product cycle. In the latter, engineers, not scientists, improve the materials and design of a model. For high-tech companies, this cyclic, incremental innovation is critical. Manufacturing engineers must participate in design from the start. Technological solutions should be pulled in at the start of the product cycle.

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