While the principle benefits of robust design are widely accepted, there is still a large gap between robust design in theory and in practice. DTU’s annual Robust Design Day aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners focusing on applied Robust Design and Variation Management in Design and Production. The objective is a regular platform for discussions and a fruitful knowledge exchange on experiences, solutions and challenges faced. We hope that you enjoy viewing last year's symposium presentations and discussions!

For more information please contact: Chair: Ass. Prof. Tobias Eifler

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DTU Robust Design Programme 2.0 - from RD principles to a coherent approach for lifecycle robustness

Ass. Prof. Tobias Eifler, Head of Robust Design, DTU-MEK

Head of the DTU Robust Design Group and chair of the Robust Design SIG in the Design Society. PhD in Engineering Design Methodology from the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) and research focus in the field of Robust Design Methodology, Robust Design for Reliability, Variation Management across different organizational units including the benefits of new technologies and data analytics.


Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) for Robustness

Prof. Darrell Mann, The University of Buckingham, CEO & Technical Director Systematic Innovation Ltd.

Darrell is one of Europe's leading experts in TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving). Dedicated to changing the way organisations approach innovation, he has 25 years of experience in the innovation space from several industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, etc. He authored the book Hands-on: Systematic Innovation as well as numerous papers on the topic. Technical Director of Systematic Innovation Ltd.




Virtual Robustness - Enabling new manufacturing strategies by variation-based product design

Dr. Stefan Kemmler, Knorr Bremse, Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH

Stefan is an expert in Reliability Engineering, Virtual Testing, and Verification/Validation strategies. With a PhD on the assurance of mechanical reliability (University of Stuttgart), he is responsible for variation-based product design at Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems in Munich, and is external lecturer at the University of Applied Science Esslingen.


Model Based Development Workflows for Improving Robustness of Systems

Prof. Kevin Otto, Aalto University, Owner of an Robust Systems and Strategy LLC

Prof. Otto has been at Aalto University for three years, bring expertise in robust design, quality control, and digitalization. He has executed many variation reduction projects with clients ranging from automotive to industrial equipment including air conditioning systems. He has developed and deployed complete DFSS training courses for several large industrial clients. Lately, he has made contributions to combining modeling and analysis with DFSS best practices to achieve robustness and quality improvements more efficiently. With such methods, 2-10X cycle time improvements are typical. Dr. Otto has extensive academic experience, having authored over 150 peer reviewed articles and two books including the popular textbook Product Design.




Workshop Introduction to Contradictions Analysis - Achieving early robustness beyond Kinematic principles

DTU Robust Design Research Group

While fewer assembly components imply less logistical effort and greater flexibility, the corresponding functional integration frequently comes at the cost of a reduced robustness. In this year’s Robust Design Day workshop, you will be introduced to how these seemingly conflicting objectives can be balanced systematically. By means of guided exercises, the workshop illustrates the relevance of the underlying technical trade-offs for the later product robustness, introduces you to a systematic trade-off analysis, and will provide you with a background for the succesful analysis and development of integrated products in early design (for more information on our research on trade-off avoidance see also PDS 2017 Keynote)




Robust Design in a Prototype Driven Company (Dyson)

Martin Harrex, CEng MIET, Head of Manufacturing at Dyson

Martin began his career at Rolls Royce working his way up to principle engineer before chain his chartership with the IET. After joining Dyson in 2012 he is now the Head of Manufacturing working to instill more quality and design for manufacturing approaches into what has until now been a heavily product design and prototyping dominant company.


Multidisciplinary design and optimisation for product robustness

Andy Parsley , System Design Specialist at Rolls Royce Aerospace/Defence

Robust Design Specialist at Rolls Royce Aerospace/Defence. Andy is a published author in the area of robust design and systems engineering implementation, and responsible for creation of tool guides / new approaches for the implementation of Robust Design at Rolls Royce


Open discussion: No more prototypes? Promises, prerquisites, and potential limitations of a simulation-driven robust design process

Given significant advances of computer aided analyses and simulation platforms over the last decades, the promises of simulation-driven product development are well accepted. At the same time, the existing challenges for a successful implementation of a corresponding strategy are a lot less discussed. Together with our guest and the audience, we will therefore take a closer look at questions such as workflows for prototype and simulation driven approaches, the pros and cons of bot, necessary skills and knowledge, simulation model validity, etc.


Closing & Drinks reception