Are Smart Products Foiling Automated Design?

  • Patrick Klein
  • Johannes Lützenberger
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


Design Automation (DA) implements the idea of deriving the physical design of a product automatically from within codified engineering knowledge. If a product is no longer limited to be a physical device, it should be analysed if the idea of DA can be enhanced or if DA becomes obsolete for smart products. The authors believe that DA can even play a major role for the smart products development. Thus this paper additionally aims to provide a concept for an enhancement of DA. Instead of case based and locally implemented solutions, the concept relies on a central knowledge-based system in order to process the smart layer on top of the geometrical design. The proposed system should be grounded upon an ontology in order to represent the physical and the virtual domain at once. This way different kinds of product development applications can rely on one central knowledge-base.


Smart Products Design Automation KBE User-Centered Design Collaborative Design Ontologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Klein
    • 1
  • Johannes Lützenberger
    • 1
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
    • 1
  1. 1.IKAPBIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbHBremenGermany

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