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Key Performance Indicators for Design and Engineering


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nicolai Beisheim
Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Jakobstr. 1,
72458 Albstadt, Germany

Florian Stotz


The paper describes a methodology to build key performance indicators (KPI) from existing product data and the advantage gained in the design and engineering process by using KPIs. With the guidance of the KPIs, developers are able to work more efficiently. Currently, KPIs only used as a controlling instrument for projects and processes. An example of a new type of KPI is the ‘Standardization Degree’. The ‘Standardization Degree’ is calculated from a number of product data. Making use of this calculated KPI, parts or assemblies could be indicated with a special attribute. These indications would be stored in the product data management (PDM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of an enterprise. Then, during future engineering processes, the developer can be guided by these indicators in the development of cost-effective carry-over part strategies for the enterprise in a meaningful and low-cost way. Hence, with the use of KPIs in the design and engineering process at the beginning of the life cycle of a product, the enterprises are able to save considerable expense.

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nicolai Beisheim

Professor for Mechanical Engineering
Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Germany

Nicolai Beisheim (born 1969) studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Clausthal with focus on general engineering, computer aided (CAx) technologies and business administration. After studying he was a member of the scientific staff of the university. In 2001, he made his PhD in the field of knowledge-based systems and simulations.

From 2001 until 2009 he was a consultant for engineering processes in a business unit of Siemens AG in Munich. The unit builds electronic assembly systems for circuit boards. As consultant he had to coordinate all activities with focus on IT and engineering processes. Major process topics were to implement global change management and variant management at the business unit. Since 2004 he got responsible as a project manager for the IT projects of the engineering department. Additionally, since 2007 he was a group manager for the staff members with focus on IT and engineering processes.

Since 2009 he is professor for Mechanical Engineering at the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University. The field of research and lectures he covers are the CAx technology and engineering processes for Digital Engineering and Digital Production. Since 2010 he is director of the institute “Institut für Rechnergestützte Produkterstellung (IRGP)”. The institute is an in-institute of the university for cooperation with industries and other organisations and for applied research.

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