Title: A generalised framework to compass and to support complex product engineering processes

Authors: Albert Albers; Andreas Braun

Addresses: IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. ' IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Abstract: Today, companies are required to boost their productivity with product and process innovation. However, product engineering has become more and more complex, as there are multiple interrelated elements with high dynamic and variance as well as socio-technical aspects to be considered. To support both the work of designers and of managers, various methodologies have been proposed in the literature. In this paper, we highlight key issues of product engineering and derive requirements on a modelling framework that addresses contemporary challenges of rising complexity. With the help of the description of an exemplary project, we introduce and illustrate an approach to meet these requirements – the Integrated Product Engineering Model (iPeM).

Keywords: product engineering; systems engineering; product design; product development; modelling; generalised holistic framework; iPeM; Integrated Product Engineering Model; complex products.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.043659

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.6 - 25

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 11 Nov 2011 *

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