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Interface errors - an issue in complex virtual product creation

: Stark, R.; Stöckert, H.

Norell Bergendahl, M.:
17th International Conference on Engineering Design 2009. Proceedings : Stanford, California, USA, 24-27 Aug., 2009
Stanford/Calif., 2009 (DS. Design Society 58)
International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) <17, 2009, Stanford/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IPK ()
process interface; interface error; collaborative engineering; product development; complexity; internal requirement; collaboration

Growing complexity in virtual product creation is, amongst other reasons, caused by increasing numbers of process steps and the associated increase of process links. Therefore, conformity regarding formal process requirements becomes more and more relevant. Further decrease of vertical integration, international and interdisciplinary cooperation, outsourcing approaches and enhanced concurrent engineering fortify this evolution. A large but limited number of root causes around this complex of problems has been identified and is focused on the interface between process steps. Whereas business administration research already recognized interfaces as heavy risk for errors, industrial product creation and engineering research has not yet reached this viewpoint. This is why process interface req uirements are often ill described and therefore requirement compliance is still insufficient. According cognitions are mainly based on analyses in the automotive and aviation industries.