Conceptual Design Approach For Mechatronic Systems Controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Jens Bathelt, Anders Jönsson, Christian Bacs, Andreas Kunz, Markus Meier
Title: Conceptual Design Approach For Mechatronic Systems Controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Conference name: International Conference on Engineering Design
Year: 2003
Publisher: The design society
City: Stockholm
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Institutionen för maskinteknik)
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Traditionally, the development of mechatronic systems starts with the mechanical design. Later electronic components and program logic for the product are added. This work proposes an improved interdisciplinary concurrent product development process with an enhanced function structure for the conceptual design phase.
The new methodology is based on the German guideline VDI 2221 [1]. Transition conditions, time aspects and logic flow are added to the normal function structure. An example shows how to use the improved function structure.
The enhanced function structure is used to derive the initial logic for the development of the PLC program controlling the machine later on. Since the extended function structure also covers the traditional information, it can still be used when building the assembly tree.
By adding more information in the neutral function structure, the same information can be used for the mechanical design as well as for the electronic and logical design. The interdisciplinary communication and documentation among the engineers will be improved and errors in the concept will be detected earlier.
Summary in Swedish: En ny metodik för utveckling av mekatroniska produkter har föreslagits. Den nya metodiken inkluderar en förbättrad funktionsbeskrivning som stimulerar det interdisciplinära utvecklingsarbetet.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Keywords: Electrical engineering, Introduction of methods in industry, Mechanical product design, Mechatronics
Note: Jens Bathelt, Christian Bachs, Andreas Kunz and Markus Meier ar employed at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.