Interface Errors - An Issue in Complex Virtual Product Creation

DS 58-5: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 5, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 1), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Stark, Rainer; Stöckert, Henryk
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 465-476


Growing complexity in virtual product creation is, amongst other reasons, caused by increasing numbers of process steps and the associated increase of process links. Therefore, conformity regarding formal process requirements becomes more and more relevant. Further decrease of vertical integration, international and interdisciplinary cooperation, outsourcing approaches and enhanced concurrent engineering fortify this evolution. A large but limited number of root causes around this complex of problems has been identified and is focused on the interface between process steps. Whereas business administration research already recognized interfaces as heavy risk for errors, industrial product creation and engineering research has not yet reached this viewpoint. This is why process interface requirements are often ill described and therefore requirement compliance is still insufficient. According cognitions are mainly based on analyses in the automotive and aviation industries. Developed solution approaches shall improve process creation chains concerning internal requirements in context of growing functional specialization of product developers and further increasing division of labor.

Keywords: Interface Error, Concurrent Engineering, Virtual Product Creation, Process Interface, socio-technical system


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