A method to capture and share production requirements supporting a collaborative production preparation process

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Areth Koroth, Rohith; Elgh, Fredrik; Lennartsson, Martin; Raudberget, Dag
Series: ICED
Institution: School of Engineering, Jönköping University
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0273-0282
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.28


The production preparation process (3P) enables collaboration between design and production engineers during product development but its efficiency is limited by the abundance of documentation of manufacturing constraints and capabilities. Empirical studies showed that use of production requirements can increase the efficiency of 3P, however, the support for production engineers to capture and share production requirements is scarce. A method to support production engineers in identifying, defining, structuring and sharing production requirements and collaborating with design engineers is presented. The method has three major parts - focus areas and requirement categories, a worksheet for production requirements capturing and prioritization, and a workflow for using the worksheet. The method was developed in collaboration with practitioners and contributes to the existing knowledge by providing production engineers with a structured way of working with production requirements. Evaluation of the method in the case company showed its usability when developing product variants and that additional work is needed to support the development of new product families and assembly lines.

Keywords: Production requirement, Production Preparation Process, Design for X (DfX), Requirements, Integrated product development

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