G. Pomberger, F. Stallinger, R. Neumann, R. Plösch, P. Hehenberger, B. Böhm, A. Köhlein, N. Gewald: Improving Mechatronical Engineering: an Artifact-Assessment-Based Approach, Proceedings of the 16th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA'2011, Toulouse, France, September 5-9, 2011, IEEE catalog number: CFP11ETF-USB, ISBN: 978-1-4577-0016-3, doi:10.1109/ETFA.2011.6059101

Industrial engineering as a specialization of systems engineering inherently has mechatronic character. The seamless integration of engineering activities across engineering disciplines and throughout the overall engineering life cycle is a key element for achieving optimal technical as well as economic results and has to be supported by adequate engineering concepts and models. In this paper we present a criteria catalog for the qualitative evaluation of engineering artifacts created in or for engineering projects or contained in mechatronic product catalogs. The criteria catalog forms the basis for an assessment-based approach for evaluating mechatronic objects with the main purposes of providing the basis for characterizing, comparing, and improving them and furthermore for identifying directions for engineering improvements.

Improving Mechatronical Engineering: an Artifact-Assessment-Based Approach