Digitising product development


Digitising product development means shifting from separately created and maintained models to a single integrated system model and creating information exchanges between all models involved in a product development process.


Why consider it?

The world is increasingly networked and connected: no matter which buzzword we are talking about - Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, cyberphysical systems or networked cars - it always involves reliably implementing functionalities via loosely coupled parts. Demand for this will grow exponentially in the coming years. Developing these (mechatronic) systems requires a multidisciplinary approach to be taken in the product development process.

The “first time right” creed will gain in importance, with products becoming more complex and testing out of failures is no longer an option.

  • Engineering resources can focus on creating and maintaining the system model.
  • Engineers don’t waste time synchronising models.
  • With increased data integrity and transparency, the error rate drops.
  • Development lead time can decrease.

What does it involve?

What does it involve?

Switching to a digitised product development process can involve the following stages:

  • Digitising your documents, drawings, requirements, information, and so on (= paperless)
  • Managing this digital information (e.g. CMS, PDM)
  • Structuring your product (system) architecture (e.g. variants, modules, features)
  • Formalising your product line (e.g. rules, constraints, configurator, interfaces, portfolio)
  • Creating models for product/system behaviour (e.g. thermal, stress, functions, safety, reliability)
  • Linking these models or information with physical products (= digital twin)
  • Collecting data from these physical products
  • Analysing these data to improve the established models

Further information


Contact person Sirris: Marc.Bollen@sirris.be of Alain.wayenberg@agoria.be