By Frank Neumann

Frank Neumann specializes in constructing a theoretical foundation that permits an outline of the interaction among person and collective approaches in product improvement. For this objective, he introduces the built-in descriptive version of information production because the first constituent of his learn framework. As a moment a part of the study framework, an research and modeling technique is proposed that captures many of the wisdom conversion actions defined by way of the built-in descriptive version of data construction. therefore, this study framework is utilized to the research of data features of mechatronic product improvement (MPD). ultimately, the implications won from the former steps are used inside of a layout help approach that goals at federating the knowledge and data assets inside the types released within the a variety of improvement actions of MPD.

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G. microprocessors, transistors, thyristors and sensors, allows for new and upgraded product features in the subsequent evolutionary phase (Phase III). Typically, a separate printed circuit board contains these electronic components. Wired connections link the board with functionally related components. Due to demanding constraints on durability toward mechanical loads and thermo-dynamic conditions, electronics cannot yet be integrated spatially with the neighboring electro-mechanical and mechanical components.

In case of the window-lifting system, the fifth stage resulted for instance in a more reliable and cost-effective pinch protection system based on the spatial integration of two hall sensors into the electric motor (Reif 2009). Zohm (2003) argues that these new functions of spatially integrated mechatronic systems may permit companies to achieve a comparative advantage 15 over their competition. Therefore, he introduces the term “comparative functions” to indicate functions enabling such comparative advantage.

For this purpose, Bellalouna (2009) proposes a function-oriented synchronization approach for the discipline-specific processes of version, approval, change and configuration management. The proposed approach acts at the interdisciplinary level of product functions and employs therefore a function-oriented point of view to determine all functionally related components and systems (independently of their disciplinary adherence) when making decision for the versioning, approval, change or configuration management in the mechatronic context.

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