Design for Control

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Stetter, Ralf; Simundsson, Avery
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany; 2: University of Manitoba, Canada
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 149-158
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Currently, a large series of helpful guidelines for the design of products in the more concrete stages of design and product development were generated and published under the notion design for X, such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), Design to Cost (DtC), and Design for Sustainability (DfS). Until now, little attention has been given to design guidelines aiming to supporting designers in creating products that enable and ease control – no special attention has been given to Design for Control (DfC) guidelines. Some researchers have started to investigate DfC, but until now, the more conceptual stages of design were not the focus of their research. Additionally, recent research in the direction of Design for Diagnosis (DfD) has been initiated, which shares some common elements with DfC. In this paper, a first attempt is made to formulate hypotheses for how mechanical and electrical products can be designed in order to enable and to ease effective and efficient control.

Keywords: Control, Diagnosis, Design for X (DfX), Functional modelling, Mechatronics


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