Production Engineering

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 193–200 | Cite as

Defect classification for mechatronic products

  • Jan C. Aurich
  • Nico WolfEmail author
  • Andreas Grzegorski
  • Christian Wagenknecht
  • Jürgen Münch
Quality Assurance


Modern investment goods such as commercial vehicles show a rise in complexity due to an increase in mechatronic elements. As a result, such products are more sensitive to defects, often reflected in reduced reliability during product usage. Therefore, reliability is a quality feature that is gaining more importance throughout the entire product life cycle (PLC). However, rather than considering the complete PLC, traditional quality assurance techniques typically focus on individual life cycle phases. The following paper thus proposes a new approach for closing the resulting gap. Adapting a technique originating from the domain of software engineering for the life cycle of mechatronic products enables a consistent classification of product defects. Based on this classification, proper means for quality improvement can be developed and implemented. Consequently, an evolutionary increase in reliability becomes possible.


Quality assurance Defect classification Mechatronic 


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© German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP) 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan C. Aurich
    • 1
  • Nico Wolf
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Grzegorski
    • 1
  • Christian Wagenknecht
    • 1
  • Jürgen Münch
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Production Management, FBKUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software EngineeringKaiserslauternGermany

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