MBSE in the high-tech equipment industry
by Jacco Wesselius
The complexity of high-tech equipment is growing quickly due to the demand for systems that perform better, that are more reliable and that integrate optimally in customer-specific processes. On top of that, the introduction of artificial intelligence, adaptivity and autonomy brings a series of new challenges. The industry needs methodologies to develop and deliver new systems, and to deliver a continuous stream of innovations to their installed base consisting of many customer-specific system variants and system versions.
To manage this complexity, model-based methodologies are introduced in the industry. TNO-ESI develops such methodologies in close cooperation with their industry and academic partners.
In 2020 and 2021, ESI and its partners performed a study to analyze the application of Model-Based Systems Engineering in the high-tech equipment industry. In this study, we did not dive deeply into specific modelling techniques, languages and tools; we rather focused on:
What is the business value the high tech equipment industry expects to get from the introduction of MBSE?
What differentiates this industry from those industries in which MBSE is already an established practice?
What is therefore needed to make MBSE-methodologies valuable for the high-tech equipment industry?
We summarized our conclusions in a report (including summaries of MBSE-pilots of our industry partners) that is now publicly available
Teun Hendriks and Joris van den Aker are now preparing the next phase of the study. In a series of 2-day workshops ESI and its industry and academic partners will perform deep dives into MBSE-topics that are hot for the industry in their MBSE-pilots and projects.