Supporting Manufacturing System Design: A Case Study on Application of InDeaTe Design Tool for a Smart Manufacturing System Design
InDeaTe is a Design Tool that aids the designer by empowering ideation through a methodical process of design. This paper presents the evaluation of the tool through a case study on a manufacturing system design problem conducted in University of California, Berkeley. The problem given was to design a ‘smart’ manufacturing line for a lawnmower shaft. Four designers participated in the exercise, in teams of two each; one team used the tool and other did not. Design outcomes were compared. Analysis of the results showed a larger number of ideas generated by the team using the tool compared to the team without the tool. This study, although conducted over a short period with limited number of designers, illustrates the potential of the InDeaTe tool to address manufacturing system design problems by not only developing a richer subset of design outcomes, but also by taking into account sustainability considerations throughout the product life cycle.
KeywordsSmart manufacturing Design for sustainability Enabling technologies and tools InDeaTe tool
The authors acknowledge the grant of Indo US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the facilities provided by the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley, for conducting evaluation studies on InDeaTe Tool.
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