Coping Asynchronous Modular Product Design by Modelling a Systems-in-System

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Marc Zuefle (1,2), Sabine Muschik (2), Nikola Bursac (2), Dieter Krause (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Hamburg University of Technology, Germany; 2: TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG, Germany
Section: Engineering Design Practice
Page(s): 2553-2562
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


This paper analyzes the potential of crossdisciplinary collaboration in the methodical development of Modular Design by harmonization asynchronous mechatronic system structures. Subsystem boundaries in multidisciplinary development processes are set disciplinespecific, resulting in inconsistencies in module fitting. Based on a case study, harmonization of disciplines is elaborated as a solution. This aligns discipline structures and reduces effects on the variety in system structures.This implementation shows support for modular design and enables an integrated view as a systems-in-system.

Keywords: modular design, complex systems, multi-/cross-/trans-disciplinary approaches, collaborative design, system of systems

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