Product Models and Reusability

Frank Feldkamp, Michael Heinrich, and Klaus Dieter Meyer-Gramann, DaimlerChrysler AG, Research and Technology, Berlin, Germany

This paper describes and explains the rationale behind the product model that is employed in the configuration design tool SyDeR (System Design for Reusability, [SDR98]). its name indicates, SyDeR stresses the reuse of system designs in later design projects. The field where SyDeR is applied is configuration design lbr products for which there is not a complete, fixed set of components, but rather a set of previous designs from which one can be chosen to be reused and/or adapted to the current configuration design problem. This sub-field of configuration design is of major economic importance, as e.g., the design of railway rolling stock or trucks fall into this category.

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