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Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Anacker, Harald (1); Schierbaum, Thomas (1); Dumitrescu, Roman (2); Gausemeier, Jürgen (1)
Institution: 1: Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Germany; 2: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Project Group Mechatronic Systems Design, Germany
Recently, mechatronics as a self-contained discipline has undoubtedly shaped the development of technical systems. Mechatronics stands for the close interaction of mechanics, electronics, control engineering and software engineering. Due to the advancement of information and communication technologies, the functionality of mechatronic systems will go far beyond current standards. The increasing complexity requires a consistent comprehension of the tasks between all the developers involved. Especially during the early design phases, the communication and cooperation between the engineers is necessary to design a first overall system model. In addition, reusing of once successfully implemented solution knowledge is becoming increasingly important related to the overall context of the triangle of tension formed by time, cost and quality. Today the reuse is well established within the different disciplines. But usually, the sum of separate single solutions is rarely the best solution on a systems-level. This requires an approach, to support the knowledge intensive design process of intelligent technical systems by a new form of multidisciplinary abstract described solution patterns.