Manufacturing processes as system of systems: Functional and behavioral perspectives

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Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2012, IS 2012, 2012, pp. 377 - 382
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© 2012 IADIS. This paper describes functional and behavioral perspectives based on conceptual foundation for performing design that explicitly address aspects of complex problems. Systems in large and complex scope are an interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how complex projects should be designed and managed over the life cycle of the project. Issues such as analysis, design, manufacturing and automatic control of machinery become more difficult when dealing with large and complex projects. Designating such systems requires collaborative activities between specialists from a variety of disciplines. For this purpose behavioral and functional perspectives are considered as the main issues in this paper. The aim of this paper is first examine these complex issues to highly model complex systems at a functional level of design abstraction using Living Systems Theory (LST) and at behavioral level using complexity theory (CT). An example involving the manufacturing activity in automobile industry based on Ford Motor Company archives. For modeling the complexity of the activities, this paper considers two aspects of LST icons in functional level and CT concepts in behavioral level. These aspects influence designers, and consequently design. It is believed that successful solutions to design problems are based upon perspective issues; hence, our conception of perspective plays a crucial role in engineering systems design.
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