A Matrix-Based Blueprint for System Architecture Design – A Case Study with an Industrial Partner

DS 103: Proceedings of the 22nd International DSM Conference (DSM 2020), MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 13th - 15th 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jakob Trauer
Author: Lender, Benjamin Nils Johannes; Trauer, Jakob; Schweigert-Recksiek, Sebastian; Spreitzer, Karsten; Chmielewski, Nils; Zimmermann, Markus
Series: DSM
Institution: Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Laboratory for Product Development and Lightweight Design, Technical University of Munich, Germany; Viessmann Werke Allendorf GmbH
Section: Integration Architectures
Page(s): 10
DOI number: 10.35199/dsm2020.22
ISBN: 978-1-912254-12-5


Trends like digitalization, servitization and the ongoing globalization drive an ever more growing product complexity. To handle this challenge and to succeed on fast-paced markets, companies need to constantly model, organize, and improve their system architectures. This paper combines different approaches from the literature with specific needs of the industry partner. An overview of definitions and processes found in literature is the basis for deriving a generic framework that enables companies to implement a system architecture design process that builds the basis for further actions like risk management or the introduction of platform strategies. The main part of the framework is a guideline on how to ensure a comprehensive system architecture regardless of the amount of resources spent on the process. The framework is applied to different use cases of the industry partner at varying levels of complexity.

Keywords: system architecture design, functional architecture, physical architecture, functional modeling, product development process


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