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Industrial requirements, Concepts & Business models for collaborative machine-tool design and operation

 

 

General summary of activities planned in work package

Work package 1 is building the foundation for all scientific and technical developments within the Transparency project. In the first half year of the project, this has been realized by gathering and prioritizing the industrial requirements as well as by refining the concepts and architecture of the Transparency project. Starting from month 6, the work package will carefully investigate business model and IPR mechanisms for applying the project’s developments for a collaborative machine tool design in an industrial setting.

The work package will fulfil the following objectives:

· Taking up requirements and constraints using an enhanced Quality Function Deployment (QFD) methodology

· Refining the concept, the architecture and the interfaces for the technological developments in the different work packages

· Enabling knowledge exchange during machine design and operation though the selection and refinement of appropriate IPR mechanisms and the application of innovative business models.

 

Role of partners involved in work package 1

In WP1 all participants in the project have been involved for the industrial requirement process. Besides establishing a sound set of industrial requirements the main purpose was to generate a common understanding of the projects objectives among the partners. The refinement of the concepts and architectures were driven by an architecture team, which included all work package leads. For the IPR mechanism and business model investigations the partners SEZ, FIDIA, CESI, DIAD and TEKS are involved.

 

 

State of affairs

For the requirements engineering a new methodology based on enhanced Quality Function Deployment (QFD) has been applied (compare Figure 1). In a first step the customer types for the project’s development have been defined. Afterwards requirements from each customer perspective have been identified by the different partners taking into account the input of interested external partners. These requirements have been prioritized and correlated to the scientific task in the work packages.

In the second task of the work package the system architecture has been designed using a state of the art software development process, which included the definition of use cases, component models and communication diagrams (compare Figure 2). The main objective has been to clarify the interfaces between the different software components and tools, which will be developed inside the project. Most of the components will be self-standing, but need to be interconnected to leverage the full benefits of the Transparency approach of collaborative machine design and operation.

In task three the protection of intellectual properties in dynamic collaborations especially for the European machine tool industry has been revised. The focus has been to identify the specific requirements, to elaborate the relationship of different collaboration constellations and to evaluate their risks and benefits. As result a tool-kit has been provided for sharing and protection of intellectual properties in dynamic collaborations.

Potential business models in the machine tool industry have been analyzed in task four. The applicability of these models has been investigated regarding to the Transparency knowledge management and design approach.

 





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