A Robust Design Applicability Model

Martin Ebro, Krogstie Lars, Thomas J. Howard

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This paper introduces a model for assessing the applicability of Robust Design (RD) in a project or organisation. The intention of the Robust Design Applicability Model (RDAM) is to provide support for decisions by engineering management considering the relevant level of RD activities. The applicability assessment is based on two considerations: 1) Whether there is a correlation between the factors that are important to the project or organisation and the factors that impact from the use of RD and 2) What is the occurrence level of the given factor in the organisation. The RDAM defines RD to be applicable in organisations assigning a high importance to one or more factors that are known to be impacted by RD, while also experiencing a high level of occurrence of this factor. The RDAM supplements existing maturity models and metrics to provide a comprehensive set of data to support management decisions. The factors in the RDAM were derived by analysing a combination of RD literature and industrial cases involving RD. The RDAM is used on a case company to illustrate its use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15)
Number of pages10
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event20th International Conference on Engineering Design: Design for Life - Milan, Italy
Duration: 27 Jul 201531 Jul 2015
Conference number: 20


Conference20th International Conference on Engineering Design
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  • Robust design
  • Design management
  • Organisation of product development
  • Design for X (DfX)


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