Holistic approach for design and re-design of production units

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Stäbler, Markus; Weber, Jakob; Paetzold, Kristin; Vielhaber, Michael
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Daimler AG, Germany; 2: Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany; 3: Saarland University, Germany
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 419-428
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


This paper presents a novel approach to enable change within the life cycle of a production unit and enhance the usability of a re-design and change process by consistent interaction between the design and evaluation method. The method, based on Axiomatic Design, is used to find a design solution for a changeable production unit in a structured way. In a later phase of the life cycle the corresponding evaluation method gives a result which results in the need for parts of the previously designed production unit to be adjusted in order to improve the changeability of the entire system. The paper demonstrates a significant improvement in usability by combining design and evaluation process. In addition, the holistic approach is validated and explained by an use case of the automotive industry.

Keywords: Complexity, Design methods, Evaluation, Robust design, Product lifecycle


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