Use case based methodology for conceptual design of industrial mechatronic products

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: Scalice, Régis Kovacs; Berkenbrock, Gian Ricardo; Mendoza, Yesid Ernesto Asaff
Series: ICED
Institution: UFSC Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 347-356
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Mechatronic products play an important role on industry, providing solutions to increase productivity and cost reduction. On the other hand, to develop products for industrial use requires a different set of tools and methods than the ones employed by the design of consumer goods. The existing methods for mechatronic design in general does not focus on industrial product specifically, or provides just an overview of the process for a generic mechatronic product, without focusing on tools and activities. Our proposal integrates the Task Clarification and Conceptual design phases providing an iterative procedure to the design of mechatronic industrial products. The core of this proposal is the use of Use Case Diagrams to provide information necessary to requirements definition, functional modelling and solution principles establishment. To evaluate the proposed method, it was employed on the development of an Automated Vehicle for Railroad Inspection, a maintenance task regularly performed to guarantee the railroad safety. It was observed the viability of the proposal to obtain the desired information from Use Case Diagrams.

Keywords: Mechatronics, Design methodology, Early design phases, Functional modelling


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