DESIGN CATALOGUES FOR MICROSYSTEMS
MEMS design catalogues are needed. They could help introduce systematic product development into microsystem engineering. The authors propose their implementation in the conceptual phase to fulfil the requirements on quality, time and cost of design. Microsystems are characterised by interdisciplinarity, heterogeneity and complexity, but these qualities and catalogue properties correlate. Foreseen applications of design catalogues are: to assist microsystem engineering in education and self-learning and to support the integration of effective interdisciplinary project teams. Further, microsystems industry could display with them a knowledge-management strategy, promoting so the exploitation of expertise and creativity as production factors.