The Center for Systems Engineering in the Cluster Heavy Duty Drives on the RWTH Aachen Campus pursues the goal of developing and holistically testing the key technologies required for tomorrow’s product development process. Methods are to be developed which enable agile and automated product development by connecting to the individual development steps and the development tools used. In the future, model-based system development will be disseminated and investigated in a wide variety of industries through this work. The Center is under the scientific direction of Prof. Günther Schuh, Prof. Georg Jacobs and Prof. Bernhard Rumpe. The Center was initiated by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (Werkzeugmaschinenlabor, WZL), the Institute for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering (MSE) and the Chair of Software Engineering (SE).
A key to the future innovative strength and competitiveness of companies lies in mastering agile product engineering processes (PEP) for complex, increasingly digitally networked technical products. Digitalization and new manufacturing processes call for new tools that enable PEP to be accelerated.
“We will digitally map a product’s functionality and usage reserves at every stage in its development and usage. This way, decision-making within agile development processes will be supported while individually coordinated operating strategies of digitized products will be facilitated”, Prof. Jacobs explains the Center’s motivation. This requires a paradigm shift in today’s PEP, which replaces the predominant system development based on document- and geometry-oriented processes with more powerful integrated processes. The MBSE offers suitable prerequisites for this. The introduction of function parameter-based system modeling creates a consistent development methodology that offers complete transparency on the process status and possible conflicts of objectives in the development process at any time during the development process.
Prof. Bernhard Rumpe, Chair of Software Engineering, on the challenges facing the Center for Systems Engineering: “The complexity of software in today’s systems is increasing significantly faster, which is why the development processes have to be rebalanced. The time has now come to combine the agile and model-based development processes of information technology with the design processes of mechanical engineering and thus achieve completely new approaches for the efficient development of innovative products, services and business models”.
The Center for Systems Engineering is a focal point of the Innovation Factory of the RWTH Aachen Campus, whose interdisciplinary ecosystem enables innovations from idea generation to industrialization. Progressive approaches promote creativity – know-how and infrastructure are available on-site.