1st Edition

System Synthesis Product and Process Design

By Jeffrey O. Grady Copyright 2010
    574 Pages 135 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Unlike most engineers, system engineers focus on the knowledge base needed to develop good systems in a cross-functional fashion rather than deeply on isolated topics. They are often said to be a mile wide and an inch deep in what they do know. System Synthesis: Product and Process Design provides insight into complex problems, focusing on the boundary conditions that exist between the knowledge domains of the specialized engineers populating a program and the product domains related to the product being developed by different teams on a program.

    Based on the author’s 45 years of experience, the book examines the three activities that must take place in the development of any system between the completion of the requirements work and the verification of work. The author delineates the role of the system engineer in design, material procurement, and manufacturing, clearly describing how to do key tasks such as trade studies and interface integration. He broadens the discussion of the system development process to include the whole space between requirements and verification work, covering product design, procurement, and manufacturing from a system engineer's perspective.

    Filling the void often found in system engineering books relative to design, procurement, and manufacturing, this book explores integration work as it relates to the three synthesis activities. It discusses integration, optimization, and coordination of program, product, and process design, provides coverage that partitions all interfaces into three subsets, and covers how to manage and technically integrate each. The book defines the primary benefit system engineers bring to the party as their ability to perform integration work, optimizing the design process to achieve goals that others cannot envision.

    The Fundamentals
    System Development Process Overview
    The Human Basis for Integration
    Integration Components, Spaces, and Cells
    The Key Roles
    Organizational Structures
    Information Systems and Communications

    Igniting and Stoking the Program Fires
    Enterprise Process Requirements Definition
    Enterprise Process Design
    Integrated Program Planning
    Transition to Implementation

    Product System Definition
    System Modeling and Requirements Identification 
    Product Entity Definition
    Interface Definition
    Requirements Integration

    Product Design Synthesis
    Program Execution
    Design Modeling and Simulation
    Product Design Decision Making
    Product Design Integration in an IPPT Environment
    Preliminary Design
    Detailed Design
    Integration of Test and Analysis Results

    Specialty Engineering Methods and Models
    Introduction to Specialty Engineering and Concurrent Engineering
    Availability and RAM Integration
    Logistics Engineering
    Safety, Human Engineering, Security, and Environmental Impact
    Parts, Materials, and Processes Engineering
    Other Specialty Disciplines
    System Analysis Disciplines

    Concurrent and Post-Design Process Synthesis
    Procurement and Material Integration
    Manufacturing Process Design and Integration
    Quality Influences
    Post Development 



    Jeffrey O. Grady