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From Conception to Refinement in Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Georg Hackenberg, Christoph Richter and Michael Zaeh

International Journal of Materials, Mechatronics and Manufacturing, Vol. 4, No. 1 , February 2016

manufacturing system system engineering system design system implementation system verification


The complexity of mechatronic systems increases constantly due to market requirements. Traditional engineering approaches have troubles coping with the desired functionality. A major problem is the early and continuous integration and coordination of engineering disciplines (i.e. mechanic, electric, and software). To address this situation and to enable a concurrent engineering of participating disciplines, a model-based approach to early conception and subsequent refinement of mechatronic systems is proposed in this paper. This approach allows specifying a high-level mechatronic concept within a single editor and the refinement of this concept by integrating it with established engineering tools. In particular, the paper outlines the technical and methodical integration of discipline-specific tools such that refinement steps can be tested automatically and continuously. The suitability of the approach is shown along selected examples. Finally, the paper finishes with a reflection on the current state and an outlook on future research activities.



  author  = {Georg Hackenberg and Christoph Richter and Michael Z\"ah}, 
  title   = {From Conception to Refinement in Mechatronics Systems Engineering},
  journal = {International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing},
  year    = 2016,
  number  = 1,
  pages   = {66-73},
  month   = 2,
  volume  = 4

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