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A solution usually emerges in an iterative process between development and evaluation. The development itself is as well an iterative process that takes place between an idea, a suitable concept and the solution derived from the concept. Each solution must be evaluated, whereby each evaluation leads to an improved development, which in turn goes through the cycle of ideas, concept and development, is re-evaluated and so on.

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  1. 1.

    A lying “8” is the sign of infinity and so there are product developments in all industries which (despite the knowledge of the Pareto rule described in Chap. 1) would never end if there were no end dates or financial limits.

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    In the 2000s, the editor and assistants of his Chair of Information Technologies in Mechanical Engineering developed the IDE Master’s study course. Teaching started in the winter semester 2011/2012, since then, the master course has been transferring research results on IDE into university teaching.

  3. 3.

    A digital twin accompanies a product throughout its product life. It digitally maps the current state of the product (how it was developed, delivered and installed, updated, etc.), its history and the associated structures, processes, calculations, simulations (of behaviour and strength), etc. at all times.

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    A detailed description of the activities resulting from decomposition is not given here, because such activities can be found in the Engineering Design Methods and VDI guidelines discussed in Chap. 1 as well as at large number and variety, e.g. in [HaGo-2004] [Otto-2013] [EhMe-2017] [PBBG-2020]. However, it should be noted that the sequences of activities described in the individual sources cannot be valid in the IDE procedure model, since possible sequences in the activity strands only form and change during current processing.

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    The time window determines when the activity under consideration can begin at the earliest and when the subsequent activity requires the result of the activity under consideration at the latest. It is therefore longer than the actual processing time of the activity itself.

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    Named after Henry L. Gantt (1861–1919), American mechanical engineer, founder of Scientific Management together with Frederick W. Taylor and Frank B. Gilbreth [Lanc-2004].


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