A Theory for the Development of Conceptual Functional Models for Automation of Manual Processes Conference Paper uri icon


  • Conceptual design is a vital stage in the development of any product, and its importance only increases with the complexity of a design. Functional modeling with the Functional Basis provides a framework for the conceptual design of electromechanical products. This framework is just as applicable to the conceptual design of automated solutions where an engineered product with components spanning multiple engineering domains is designed to replace or aid a human and his or her tools in a human-centric process. This paper presents research toward the simplification of the generation of conceptual functional models for automation solutions. The presented methodology involves the creation of functional and process models to fully explore existing human operated tasks for potential automation. Generated functional and process models are strategically combined to create a new conceptual functional model for an automation solution to potentially automate the human-centric task. The presented methodology is applied to the generation of a functional model for a conceptual automation solution. Then conceptual automation solutions generated through the presented methodology are compared to existing automation solutions to demonstrate the effectiveness of the presented methodology.

name of conference

  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

published proceedings

  • Volume 3: 19th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; 1st International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems; and 9th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Tire Technologies, Parts A and B

author list (cited authors)

  • Nagel, R. L., Stone, R. B., & McAdams, D. A.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Nagel, Robert L||Stone, Robert B||McAdams, Daniel A

publication date

  • January 2007