The principle benefits of robust design are widely accepted. Robustly designed products, devices, and production equipment are less sensitive to variation leading to accelerated time-to-market, reduced ramp-up costs, more consistent product quality as well as improved customer satisfaction.

At the same time, there is still a large gap between robust design in theory and in practice. In spite of well-described development processes and considerable effort for quality initiatives, many companies still experience immense challenges to efficiently account for variation of manufacturing/ assembly processes, material properties, loading conditions, ambient use conditions and time related changes such as creep and wear.

DTU’s annual Robust Design Day therefore aims at bringing together researchers and practioners focusing on applied Robust Design and Variation Management in Design and Production. The objective is a regular platform for discussions and a fruitful knowledge exchange on experiences, solutions and challenges faced.

Time Schedule/Event

08:30

Registration and Coffee

09:00

Welcome introduction and Product Robustness as a Consumer Index

Thomas J. Howard, DTU

Head of Robust Design Group, Section of Engineering Design & Product Development, Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU. Member of Design Society Advisory Board and Chair of the Robust Design SIG.

09:30

Levels of Robustness Matrurity

Janus Juul Rasmussen, Valcon Design

CEO and co-founder of Valcon Design. Mechanical and Robust Design specialist and one of the pioneers of the Six Theta robust design paradigm.

10:00

Use of DSM at JLR

Steve Harris

Subject Matter Expert - Dimensional Management at Jaguar Land Rover. Previously MD of Dimensional Management Solutions, and DVA engineer at Aston Martin.

10:30

Break

10:45

Robust Design at GKN aerospace

Knuts Sören, Specialist on Design for Robustness at GKN

Aerospace. Previously at SAAB auto and Volvo Aero. Six Sigma blackbelt. Published author with and regular thesis opponent with PhD in Quantum Chhemistry!

11:15

Variation Risk Management

Anna Thornton, Dragon Innovation

Ex MIT Professor and Leading expert in the field of variation control in Design/production and author of seminal text: "Variation Risk Mangement – Focusing Quality Improvements in Product Development and Production".

11:45

Using Computer Experiments to Assess Design Robustness

Ian Cox, JMP Senior Marketing Manager

Ian has worked for Digital and Motorola, was a Six Sigma Black Belt and also worked with Motorola University.

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Embodiment Design Workshop

Tobias Eifler + DTU RD Group

For more information and previous workshops see here: www.robustdesign.org/workshop/

15:00

Break

15:15

Robust Design Implementation at Rolls Royce Aerospace

Andy Parsley, System Design Specialist at Rolls Royce Aerospace – Defence

16:00

Designing location Schemes

Rikard Söderberg, Chalmers

Head of the department of Product and production development while being Director for Wingquist Laboratory including its VINN Excellence centre for virtual product realization.

16:45

Closing remarks + feedback

Thomas J. Howard

17:00

Wine reception

Chair: Thomas J. Howard

Associate Professor

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ph. +45 45 25 47 41
thow@mek.dtu.dk

Co. Chair: Tobias Eifler

Postdoc

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

tobeif@mek.dtu.dk

Martin Ebro

Reliability Specialist
Valcon A/S & Novo Nordisk

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

maec@mek.dtu.dk

Simon Moritz Göhler

PhD Student

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

simogo@mek.dtu.dk

Søren Nygaard Pedersen

PhD Student

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

snyped@mek.dtu.dk

Srinivasa Murthy Boorla

PhD Student

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

srimbo@mek.dtu.dk

Aryan Christiansen

Research Assistant

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

s112979@student.dtu.dk

Andreas Rafn

Research Assistant

DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Department of Mechanical Engineering

s110561@student.dtu.dk