Design Methods for Systems Integration

Topics: Design, Engineering, System Pages: 13 (2881 words) Published: November 1, 2014
Andrea Aganetti
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DESIGN METHODS FOR
SYSTEMS INTEGRATION
A State Of The Art Investigation

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DESIGN METHODS FOR SYSTEMS INTEGRATION: A State Of The Art Investigation

Andrea Aganetti

Index

Abstract ......................................................................................................................................3 1. Introduction ...........................................................................................................................3 2. Brief Overview of Integrated systems ...................................................................................4 3. Overall Picture of Design Process for Systems Integration ..................................................5 4. Design Methods ....................................................................................................................5 4.1 Product Life Cycle Design Method..................................................................................5 4.1.1 Task 1: creation of customer groups ........................................................................6 4.1.2 Task 2: categorize components ................................................................................6 4.1.3 Task 3: understanding components combination .....................................................7 4.2 Affordance Based Design Method ...................................................................................8 4.2.1 Affordance Based Design Process ...........................................................................8 4.2.2 Affordance Structure Matrices .................................................................................8 5. Conclusion...........................................................................................................................11 References ................................................................................................................................13

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DESIGN METHODS FOR SYSTEMS INTEGRATION: A State Of The Art Investigation

Andrea Aganetti

Abstract
In the past decade products have been changed by an impressive evolution of technology. With the evolution of technologies products and organizations are becoming more complex systems and their design and management more problematic. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with an overview of what is meant by integrated systems and to present two design methods for systems integration. Finally, in the last section the two methods will be compared and a combined application of the two methodologies will be presented.

1. Introduction
The term system is used in daily life with a variety of meanings. Society, companies, our body are all examples of systems. A clear definition of a system was provided by Wilson [1]. He defined a systems starting from the definition of the dictionary: “a system is a structured set of objects and/or attribute together with the relationships between them”, and then, basing on Checkland’s classification, he organizes them as follows: i. Natural systems

ii. Designed systems
iii. Human activity systems
iv. Social and cultural systems
For the aim of this paper we will focus on the designed systems, which are defined by Wilson adapting Checkland’s definition as “both physical (tools, bridges, automated complexes) and abstract (mathematics, language, philosophy)” [1]. The interrelationships occurring in a physical system usually have the purpose of carrying out a function....

References: [1] Brian Wilson (1984). Systems: Concepts, Methodologies and Applications. Chichester, New
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[2] G. Pahl, W. Beitz, J. Feldhusen, K.H. Grote (1996). Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach. London, New York, Springer (Third edition), p. 31.
[3] Asko Riitahuhta; Antti Pulkkinen (1969). Design For Configuration : A Debate Based on the
5th WDK Workshop on Product Structuring WDK Workshop on Product Structuring
[4] Tae-hun Yoon ; Young-won Park (2010). A System Design Process Tailored For Reverse
Engineering and Reengineering
[5] J.C. Aurich; N. Wolf; M. Siener; E. Schweitzer (2009). Configuration of Product-Service
systems
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