S4 Platform-based integration

S4 Platform-based integration

  • Henk Thomassen, Canon Production Printing
    Department Head Platform Development & Planning at R&D

  • Gunnar Raschke, Reference Architect at Canon Production Printing
    Richard Doornbos, Senior Research Fellow at ESI (TNO)

  • Riné Pelders, Sr. Platform Architecture Owner – Parcel Platform at Vanderlande
    Ben Pronk, Senior Research Fellow at ESI (TNO)


The complexity and re-use challenges in the high-tech equipment industry is often addressed by building platforms.
Platform approaches flourish on the promises of R&D-efficiency, quality, flexible development of customized solutions and a short time-to-market.

However, platform success factors, have proven to be complex and manifold.
What does the platform looks like? For which scope and market(s)? What organizational changes are needed? What is the right granularity of modules? Having the right knobs to tune platform components seems to be an answer. Yet, how to get there?

This symposium track sketches the platform-based integration topic, challenges, and paths that ESI explores together with its partners in answering these questions.
We look forward to an open discussion after the presentations.

Henk Thomassen, Canon Production Printing

Introduction to platform-based integration

In the modern high-tech industry, many companies face the need to improve development efficiency. Platform-based development is seen as a means to reduce lead times, improve quality and reduce development effort. At the same time, solutions need to be flexible to offer customizable and configurable products. The success of the platform on those aspects is dependent on the architectural choices for granularity, interfaces and morphology. This determines how products can be built from platforms and modules. Often, those platforms need to be built on existing assets, leading to architectural and organizational dilemma’s through constraints of those assets.

As organization needs to follow strategy, definition of platforms and modules also involves changes in the organization. We will present our approach on the organization and the effect on the product development process.

Gunnar Raschke, Canon Production Printing

Fixing reference architecture...

A platform approach promises R&D-efficiency, improved quality, flexible development of customized solutions, and a short time-to-market.

However, getting to platforms is never easy. We will present the challenges and successes in our efforts to create a reference architecture and platform for the ink jet drying process for professional printers at Canon Production Printing.

This is particular challenging, as many real-life difficulties are present: the pressure to be more productive and achieve component-based synergy in R&D, while developing and delivering inherently complex systems with high quality and performance, by multi-disciplinary teams located at two sites in a new organization structure.

Join us in the discussion about success factors and lessons learned.

Richard Doornbos, ESI (TNO)

Riné Pelders, Vanderlande

Considering optimal granularity for Vanderlande Parcel-platform

One of the strategic objectives of Vanderlande Industries is the transformation from an engineering-to-order to  a configure-to-order company.  In the past years VI already went through this transition for its Airports market segment, a similar transition is now taking place for all market segments. This new approach is focussing on a platform for each market segment (Airport, Warehouse and Parcel). For the Parcel market until recently VI  built its material handling systems as specific solutions for each customer. In the Parcel-platform the company now creates a portfolio of pre-defined modules that can be customized and integrated to a solution meeting the needs of individual customers. While defining these platforms the right integration level (to be supplied to the customer solution projects) needed to be established. VI and ESI worked together in an exploratory project to define a conceptual model that can be used to reason about the cost/benefit of such platform choices. In this presentation an overview of the results of this project and its practical application will be discussed.

Ben Pronk, ESI (TNO)

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