A strong trend today is toward the fullest feasible integration of all elements of manufacturing, including maintenance, reliability, supportability, the competitive environment, and other areas. This trend toward total integration is called concurrent engineering. Because of the central role information processing technology plays in this, the computer has also been identified and treated as a central and most essential issue. These are the issues which are at the core of the contents of this volume. This set of volumes consists of seven distinctly titled and well-integrated volumes on the broadly significant subject of computer-aided design, engineering, and manufacturing: systems techniques and applications. It is appropriate to mention that each of the seven volumes can be utilized individually. In any event, the great breadth of the field certainly suggests the requirement for seven distinctly titled and well-integrated volumes for an adequately comprehensive treatment.