Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
9TH October 2015
Add event to calendar 09/10/2015 08:00 09/10/2015 17:00 Europe/Copenhagen Robust Design Day 2015 Technical University of Denmark Anker Engelunds Vej 1, Bygning 101A - 2800 Kgs. Lyngby. Room s01 & s09 Robust Design SIG DD/MM/YYYY
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Motivation for Robust Design Day

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.


Minutes Time Description
30 08:30 Coffee and registration
30 09:00 Welcome introduction and Product Robustness as a Consumer Index
Thomas Howard, DTU
30 09:30 Levels of Robustness Matrurity
Janus Juul Rasmussen Valcon Design
30 10:00 Use of DSM at JLR
Steve Harris
15 10:30 Coffee break
30 10:45 Robust Design at GKN aerospace
Knuts Sören
30 11:15 Variation Risk Management
Anna Thornton, Dragon Innovation
15 11:45 Using Computer Experiments to Assess Design Robustness
Ian Cox
60 12:00 Lunch
120 13:00 Embodiment Design Workshop
Tobias Eifler + DTU RD Group
15 15:00 Coffee break
45 15:15 Robust Design Implementation at Rolls Royce Aerospace
Andy Parsley
45 16:00 Designing location Schemes
Rikard Söderberg, Chalmers
15 16:45 Closing remarks + feedback
Thomas Howard
60 17:00 Wine reception


Academic, DKK 1000
Regular, DKK 3000

Speakers list

Anna C. Thornton, PhD

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".

Professor Rikard Söderberg

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

Steve Harris

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

Andrew (Andy) Parsley

System Design Specialist at Rolls Royce Aerospace – Defence. He is a published author in the area of robust design and systems engineering implementation. Works include the creation of a tool guide to implementation at RR.

Sören Knuts, PhD

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!

Janus Juul Rasmussen

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

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.

Thomas J. Howard

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.
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Technical University of Denmark
Anker Engelunds Vej 1, Bygning 101A - 2800 Kgs. Lyngby