DESIGN | R & D |


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For companies worldwide, design has become strategic, the very core of their efforts to differentiate what they create and produce. Design is becoming a commodity, which was formerly thought of as great design is now seen merely as good, what was once exceptional is now standard. Managers everywhere are turning to style, usability, special materials, and aesthetics, the tools of design, to innovate. The differentiation of products and services increasingly requires a much higher level of execution. In design, envisioned application domains as electro-mechanical systems, chemical processes, electronics and buildings, to name a few are increasing excellence.

To reach new levels of competitiveness, companies must be at the forefront in the design of new, innovative artifacts that take advantage of their talent to develop and utilize new technologies. These artifacts include original electronic-mechanical devices, optimally developed chemical processes, reconfigurable and intelligent devices, and innovative manufacturing processes that create structures of heterogeneous materials.

Fitting to rapid technological advances in materials, manufacturing processes, and information technologies, the design techniques developed currently effective complex competitive environment. The vision is to create support technologies and systems for WEB collaborative design and information-driven manufacturing. The research targets are to provide an order of magnitude improvement in time and cost for modeling, design and manufacture compared (lead-time) to present methods.

The researchers collaborate in pursuing multidisciplinary projects that are developing algorithms, software tools and systems for Agent-based Design and Manufacturing, Intelligent CAD, analysis of complex Electro-mechanical assemblies, Simulations, Optimization of Large Scale Systems, Rapid Prototyping (physical and virtual), Shape Deposition Manufacturing (SDM), Information Management and Visualization.

Design is an omnipresent activity in each and every one engineering disciplines, ensuring quality, timeliness, manufacturability and marketability of engineering designs as a essential subject in product development. Engineering Design is intended to provide a company methodological basis for engineering design that will be largely applicable in all engineering areas. The requirements for more formal foundation in design consist in interdisciplinary design tools, which emphasize design methodology, teamwork, and software involving CAD and 3D simulation.

Design Research is focused on knowledge and increasing engineering design innovation to facilitate individual creativity, comprehending the team design process, and developing advanced tools and methods that promote superior design and manufacturing of products. The research comprises to develop concepts and technical solutions for design concept, concurrent engineering, distributed collaborative design, and design knowledge capture, indexing and recycle. Focus on methods and tools for improving the design of specific engineering systems, with research in structural integrity evaluation and system modeling, virtual design environments, ergonomics, biometric robots, vehicle dynamics, and driver assistance systems.





Theories, models and actual researches from related to Design areas.

Recent topics include:

¤ Design tools
¤ Expertise in design
¤ Simulation in design
¤ Designing user interfaces
¤ Design process & visual techniques
¤ Sustainability & Environment
¤ Theories, trends, researches,
¤ Models and actual products from related design areas
¤ Engineering, architecture, industrial design and planning
¤ Highlight new developments in artifact design

Product development methods and procedures have been highlighted in the last years.
Time-to-Market and Time-to-Customer are very much discussed. Information technology is increasingly used to shorten project lead-time and raise the efficiency of the rapid product development (RPD) projects. Environmental issues are focused in RPD and may develop to a major competition factor.
For the industry it is interesting to study the global RPD trends.
The product development process is an important area of Engineering Design Research and is currently jointing efforts research in the main idea to create a multidisciplinary cooperation in the engineering design for the Worldwide Products Development.

The whole purpose of this research is to help small and medium (SME) companies in the manufacturing industry to advanced strategies and practices development for fast and efficient RPD (Rapid Product Development).

The researches main focuses are:

¤ RPD organizational success factors, methods, procedures and practices
¤ Time-to-Market Optimization Techniques
¤ Early problem solving and uncertainty reduction in the early phases of the RPD process
¤ RPD process and life cycle - Environmental analysis.
¤ The use of IT tools in RPD
¤ Methods in quality, cost, lead-time and environmental targets for the product and process
¤ Computer simulation and Rapid Prototyping.
¤ Knowledge management & Technology Transfer.

Integrate knowledge and requirements early in the process to be able to set realistic targets and find optimal solutions.




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