Welcome to the April 2009 issue of The TRIZ Journal. This month's articles include:
The TETRIS project, funded by the European community within the Lifelong Learning Program, aims at producing and testing TRIZ educational materials that are suitable for learners from 14 years and older who follow any kind of curriculum. This paper presents the goal and the structure of the project, dedicating attention to the description of the identified educational requirements and to the approach followed to build the Body of Knowledge of the educational material.
Current developments of hybrid production processes or production systems have exceeded performance in manufacturing. What most of these developments have in common is that they have been found to be intuitive. In the past, the development of new hybrid production systems have led to large amounts of operative planning. The challenge is to develop a systematic and scientific approach for aggregating, describing, explaining and combining single processes. This paper introduces a systematic approach of the design methodology for developing hybrid production processes. The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) tools are used in terms of identifying hybrid process solutions as part of an innovation process. They are also shown concerning the specific requirements of manufacturing process development.
Lean product development helps companies use its knowledge more effectively within product development. The look, ask, model, discuss, act (LAMDA) in problem solving is part of the Lean product development toolkit, which provides an accessible process to help individual people, departments and companies ensure that they are able to reuse the knowledge they have and make it more accessible to others. Lean product development and TRIZ work together to make a person a better problem solver at any position in an organization.
Until May, happy TRIZ reading!
Ellen Domb, Marco de Carvalho and Paul Filmore