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Technical-XIII Meeting – Project Closure Meeting (IAI – Tel Aviv, Israel)

The 13th and final Technical Meeting was hosted by IAI from 25th – 27th March 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The meeting contained the presentation of all Pilot Projects. Each partner gave an overview of starting position, procedure in terms of the applied tailored DfA methodology, achieved results, next steps and a qualitative assessment of usesage and benefit oft he DfA methodology (incl. DfA Tool). In accordance to the positive quantitavie evaluation results, presented in the previous Technical-XII Meeting, industry partners stated to apply the DfA methodology beyond the Amisa project. At this, the tailorable and scalable setup oft he DfA methodology allows an efficient adaption also for other systems and products.

Also further exploitation plans were discussed and decided.

We were also happy to welcome Prof. Tyson Browning, one of our research partners from the United States. He presented an approach regarding „Unusual DSM applications“, e.g. for analysing socio-technical systems or risk analyses.


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 The Amisa-Team in front of IAI



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 Our Amisa project coordinator and our host from IAI



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 Presentationsand discussions

Technical-XII Meeting (OPT – Bucharest, Romania)

From 21st – 23rd January 2014 the 12th Technical Meeting took place in Bucharest, Romania. It was hosted by Opto Electronica.

The meeting included the demonstration of the latest version of the DfA-tool including continuous improvements.

Another topic of the meeting was the discussion of the AMISA Methodology Guideline which gives a detailed overview about the AMISA project and the AMISA Design-for-Adaptability methodology including the DfA-Tool.





TUM also presented the AMISA objective evaluation results. The following summarizes this presentation:


Meeting Objective-1


DFA Methodology and Tool



Better cost-efficiency



Longer lifetime



Reduced cycle time



Provide more value to stakeholders



Meeting Objective-2

Objective 2

DFA Methodology & Tool











Meeting Objective-3


DFA Methodology & Tool



20% cost savings

Yes, by 19.07% (Mean)

Yes, by 15.72% (Mean)

20% cycle-time savings

Yes, by 20.08% (Mean)

Yes, by 17.44% (Mean)

Meeting Objective-4


DFA Methodology & Tool



25% lifespan increase

Yes, by 19.62% (Mean)

Yes, by 17.09% (Mean)

Meeting Objective-5


DFA Methodology & Tool

Decrease in usage of natural resources and energy consumption


Decrease in pollution and by-product waste

(Weak) Yes

In Summary

1. Designs and products developed using DFA methodology and tool satisfies most of the objectives as formulated in the AMISA proposal.


2. Designs and products developed using the DFA methodology and tool are:

  • Adaptable
  • Higher cost-efficiency
  • Longer lifespan
  • Shorter cycle-time
  • Lower cost
  • Consume lesser energy and natural resources in their manufacturing
  • Cause lesser pollution and emit lesser by-product wastes


3. DFA methodology and tool are:

  • Generic
  • Scalable
  • Tailorable
  • Usable
  • Cost-effective




Technical-XI Meeting (MAN - Nuremberg, Germany)

The 11th Technical Meeting was hosted by MAN by MAN from 8th Oct. till 10th Oct. 2013 in Nuremberg. Besides the presentation of the current state of the industry pilot projects the content and structure of the Amisa Methodology-Guideline was discussed.

In order to evaluate the technology forecast as well as the option value, option costs and upgrade costs for specific scenarios OV-tool was presented. It enhances the functionalities of the DfA-tool by using the Monte-Carlo-approach for calculation various possible future evolutions of key parameters and deriving a best-case, worst-case and most likely evolution.

The meeting also included a tour through MAN’s engine assembly line as well as the engine foundry.


Technical-X Meeting (MAG – Göppingen, Germany)

The 10th Technical Meeting took place in Göppingen, Germany from 18th – 20th June 2013. It was hosted by MAG IAS. This gave the opportunity to visit the MAG production site including tape layer machines for aerospace components. In the context of the project Amisa the focus is on the increased adaptability of a fully automated Fiber-Placement-Head.

During the meeting the concept of the “Amisa objectives validation” was presented. It is based on an online questionnaire for the Amisa project partners as well as companies interested in Design for Adaptability.

The meeting also included the demonstration of the latest version of the DfA-tool RLS05. Besides continuous improvements the new release contains functionalities and metrics for managing variants in the context of Design for Adaptability.

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Technical-IX Meeting (TTI – Santander, Spain)

From 19th March till 21st March 2013 TTI invited the Amisa consortium to Santander for the Technical-IX Meeting.

An important part of the meeting was the presentations on the current state of the six industry projects. This included the business case clarification and the forecast of possible changes of product and system requirements as well as the development of new adaptable designs and the economic estimation of these designs.

Due to the needs of industry partners the Amisa Design-for-Adaptability methodology and the DfA-tool were enhanced by a variant-handling functionality. Now it is possible to consider multiple variants while developing a more adaptable system.

Besides that, the Amisa methodology was also enhanced by a so called ‘modul-driver’ approach. This approach helps to identify other factors – beside DfA – which might have an influence on the moduls of a product or system: e.g. buying parts might better left in their current state in order to prevent additional costs.