Center for Systems Engineering Initiated

16/10/2018

Industrial companies may now participate in seamless model-based product development

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Institute for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering (MSE) and the Chair of Software Engineering (SE) are jointly founding the Center for Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen Campus with companies from the automotive, wind and software industry alongside partners from the supply sector. Prof. GŁnter Schuh (WZL), Prof. Georg Jacobs (MSE) and Prof. Bernhard Rumpe (SE) share the Center’s scientific leadership. Together with an interdisciplinary scientific team, the industrial consortium carries out research on model based system development.

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We will digitally model a product’s functionality as well as remaining useful lifetime at every stage during its development and employment. This way, decision-making within agile development processes will be supported while individually defined operations strategies of digitalized products will be facilitated.

Prof. Georg Jacobs (MSE), Scientific Director CSE

Within the cluster of Heavy Duty Drives, the Center for Systems Engineering combines processes, tools as well as models in the area of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). The Center aims at developing and fully testing key technologies necessary for tomorrow’s product development processes. The methods to be established should facilitate agile and automated product development by connecting the individual development stages with the development tools used; this way, challenges posed by an increasingly interdisciplinary approach of developing cyber-physical products will be adequately addressed. The newly founded research facility provides companies with the opportunity to actively shape the Center’s direction through collective or bilateral research projects.

Mastering agile product development processes (PEP) for complex and increasingly digitally connected technical products is key to a company’s potential for innovation and its competitive edge. Digitalization alongside novel production methods necessitate tools that allow for an accelerated PEP. “We will digitally model a product’s functionality as well as remaining useful lifetime at every stage during its development and employment. This way, decision-making within agile development processes will be supported while individually defined operations strategies of digitalized products will be facilitated“, Professor Jacobs elaborates on the Center’s motivation.
Higher levels of efficiency and quality require a paradigm shift in the way products are currently predominantly developed: the document- and geometry-based approach needs to be replaced by an efficient, seamless process.
MBSE provides the appropriate requirements: by introducing system modelling based on functional parameters, a seamless development method is created ensuring complete transparency on process status and potential conflicts at any stage during the development process.

Prof. Bernhard Rumpe, Chair of Software Engineering, refers to the challenges the Center for Systems Engineering will be facing: “As the complexity of software in today's systems is increasing at significant speed, development processes need to be revised. Now is the time to recombine information technology’s agile and model-based development processes with the design processes of mechanical engineering and thus to create an entirely novel approach of developing innovative products, services and business models efficiently.”

Find more background information on the Center for Systems Engineering website.

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