(finished) Architecting Manufacturing Systems and Industries for Adaptability

Field of Study




Manufacturing industries, system products and customer services provide value through their ability to fulfill stakeholders‘ need. The value to the stakeholders of a system decreases over time due to changing needs, new technologies maintenance costs and component obsolescence. How can adaptability be designed into systems so that they will provide maximum value to stakeholders throughout their lifetime?


The objective of the AMISA project is to develop a generic, quantitative methodology for architecting manufacturing lines, product systems and customer services for optimal adaptability to unforeseen changes in stakeholder needs, technology development, and government regulations. The methodology will be validated in six real-life pilot projects to provide concrete evidence that it is: 1) Generic and tailorable, 2) Scalable, 3) Usable and 4) Cost effective.


Development of a widely applicable and tailorable quantitative method for model-based architecting of adaptable systems. Validation that a more adaptable architecture could significantly increase the lifetime value of a system. Quantification of the value and achievable benefits of deliberately incorporating adaptability into system architectures.

Project Term

April 2011 to March 2014