Initial situation and project objective
Products and production systems come replete with an increasing number of functions, greater connectivity and a rising proportion of electronics and software in components and system solutions. Although this benefits customers in many ways, one example being ease of use, it also places higher demands on design, engineering and development processes. The spiraling complexity of systems and the growing significance of the service business necessitate new approaches in order to ensure that customer requirements continue to be met in the future. Small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular are faced with the challenge of acquiring a holistic understanding of their systems and of bringing greater efficiency to their frequently traditional product development processes.