Value chains and digitization of product development processes

DS 87-5 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 5: Design for X, Design to X, 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: Meussen, Bernhard
Series: ICED
Institution: NORDAKADEMIE gAG, Germany
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 021-030
ISBN: 978-1-904670-93-3
ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

Currently, the digitization of value chains in the industrial context is intensively researched upon and discussed in engineering science. In the beginning, the scientific discourse was mainly technically driven. Soon, it became evident that the efforts for digitization may not only be economically justified by rationalization of processes, but that new business models, better products and types of services could benefit from these techniques. Consequently, research evolved into the direction of value chains and business models that could be improved by digitization. Possible improvements are individually designed products to better match customer requirements and new digitized types of services that go along with the use of cyber-physical systems (CPS) as products. Recent studies predict huge economical benefits, both for national economies and for businesses. An aspect of this development to be considered is the full digitization of the product development. This paper tries to give an practical approach how digitization of product development should take place.

Keywords: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Organisation of product development, Systems Engineering (SE)

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