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Potential identification and industrial evaluation of an integrated design automation workflow.

Entner, Doris; Prante, Thorsten; Vosgien, Thomas; Zăvoianu, Alexandru-Ciprian; Saminger-Platz, Susanne; Schwarz, Martin; Fink, Klara

Authors

Doris Entner

Thorsten Prante

Thomas Vosgien

Susanne Saminger-Platz

Martin Schwarz

Klara Fink



Abstract

Purpose - The paper aims to raise awareness in the industry of design automation tools, especially in early design phases, by demonstrating along a case study the seamless integration of a prototypically implemented optimization, supporting design space exploration in the early design phase and an in operational use product configurator, supporting the drafting and detailing of the solution predominantly in the later design phase. Design/methodology/approach - Based on the comparison of modeled as-is and to-be processes of ascent assembly designs with and without design automation tools, an automation roadmap is developed. Using qualitative and quantitative assessments, the potentials and benefits, as well as acceptance and usage aspects, are evaluated. Findings - Engineers tend to consider design automation for routine tasks. Yet, prototypical implementations support the communication and identification of the potential for the early stages of the design process to explore solution spaces. In this context, choosing from and interactively working with automatically generated alternative solutions emerged as a particular focus. Translators, enabling automatic downstream propagation of changes and thus ensuring consistency as to change management were also evaluated to be of major value. Research limitations/implications - A systematic validation of design automation in design practice is presented. For generalization, more case studies are needed. Further, the derivation of appropriate metrics needs to be investigated to normalize validation of design automation in future research. Practical implications - Integration of design automation in early design phases has great potential for reducing costs in the market launch. Prototypical implementations are an important ingredient for potential evaluation of actual usage and acceptance before implementing a live system. Originality/value - There is a lack of systematic validation of design automation tools supporting early design phases. In this context, this work contributes a systematically validated industrial case study. Early design-phases-support technology transfer is important because of high leverage potential.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 4, 2019
Journal Journal of engineering, design and technology
Print ISSN 1726-0531
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 6
Pages 1085-1109
Institution Citation ENTNER, D., PRANTE, T., VOSGIEN, T., ZAVOIANU, A.-C., SAMINGER-PLATZ, S., SCHWARZ, M. and FINK, K. 2019. Potential identification and industrial evaluation of an integrated design automation workflow. Journal of engineering, design and technology [online], 17(6), pages 1085-1109. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/jedt-06-2018-0096
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/jedt-06-2018-0096
Keywords Optimization; Design automation; Industrial validation; Potential identification; Product configuration; Seamless integration

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