Knowledge management in design and manufacture at Ford took a step forward with the Ford C3P programme which began in 1996. C3P is an acronym, the three Cs are computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE). The P stands for product information management (PIM).

C3P is one of the largest computer technology initiatives in the history of Ford. It is predicted that by 2002 the entire worldwide Ford Corporation (including Ford's suppliers) will be networked with C3P technology. What this means is that the Ford worldwide system will be connected through the system. There is a single repository of engineering and design information (located in Dearborn, USA) that is accessed via the Ford ...

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