Virtual prototypes for efficient development.

Creating optimized development processes with virtual prototypes

Starting situation and project objective

The sharp rise in household appliance functionality is strongly associated with the trend toward smart homes. Developing, creating and testing these functionalities is a laborious process and virtually impossible using conventional approaches. Model-based design can remedy this problem. The aim is to integrate this into the development practices used in X-in-the-loop projects in order to achieve sustainable benefits for Miele.

Solution and customer benefits

Miele, a company synonymous with excellent quality and durability, is a premium manufacturer of household appliances. Miele uses innovative development methods to rise to the associated challenges and to overcome them in the long term. In this respect, Fraunhofer IEM provides support by integrating model-based development into the processes currently used at Miele.

It collaborates with Miele employees to create virtual prototypes of washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, which are then used and incorporated as integral resources at various points of the process. For instance, the use of suitable simulation models can significantly accelerate the testing of controllers. Modeling extends to the controllers themselves, as well as the physical processes playing out within the systems.

In this project, Fraunhofer IEM seeks to apply a holistic approach. This means that besides modeling the systems themselves, the employees are also trained to use the corresponding tools without further assistance.

Working with virtual prototypes in all areas of development helps to optimize processes and thus facilitates rigorous design and testing of first-rate products, ensuring the sustained quality of premium products by Miele.