System Architecture Design

Fuel Superior Economic Performance with a Top-Notch System Design Process

The economic performance of a product is largely defined by the system design process in which the physical architecture of the product is developed together with associated specifications and derived requirements. According to DARPA, "Product definition during the first 15% of its lifecycle determines 85% of all downstream lifecycle costs." Companies need to innovate and deliver distinctive new product features while successfully managing cross-disciplinary and complex products. When defining the product, it's becoming increasingly difficult to effectively predict system behavior and select the right design candidate. Product complexity is increasing at an alarming rate, driven by the increased amount of and importance of software in products.

A well thought-out system architecture design results in better product performance and enables increased design commonality, improved design reuse, and field serviceability. Successfully managing the integration of electrical hardware and software into mechanical systems helps automate and streamline the detailed design process, supports distributed and outsourced development, and protects core competencies by exposing only common interfaces.

PTC solutions support creation and management of the system architecture and interfaces necessary for successful system design planning and top-down management of detailed design activities. With the strong process management and workflow capabilities of this system architect software, you can consolidate existing knowledge from all members of the extended enterprise to create a global standard as a base of a global system design process.



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