HVLV engineering with module system(s), eto and lean design - study on practitioner information needs

Tero Sakari Juuti, Teuvo Heikkinen, Tero Heino, Ilari Graf, Juha Pekka Tomberg, Hannu Oja

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This research elaborates the engineering design of high value low volume (HVLV) artefacts (aka Capital goods, investment goods). Our goal is to describe what information needs the practitioners have when doing sales engineering and engineering in HVLV projects. The research approach uses Design Research Methodology with four company cases. Our findings are that engineering design of HVLV artefacts reuses several module systems, module libraries, technology catalogues, engineering-to-order and variety of design support systems, configurators, design guidelines, parametric models and lean-based design reasoning patterns etc. This poses major challenges for the engineers; how to use all relevant information and how to find it from different IT-systems. This study indicates that in HVLV context such engineering strategy is required, which guides and drives tactical and operational engineering decisions not only within a project delivery but across project deliveries. Operative and tactical engineering is done during the delivery project and value capture is not achieved in full potential if the engineering strategy is neglected or overruled. This is challenge for current modularisation and ETO-methods and tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society , Volume 3: ICED23
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 24 Jul 202328 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society
ISSN (Print)2732-527X


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design


  • Design practice
  • Large-scale engineering systems
  • Lean design
  • Product architecture
  • Product structuring

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation


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