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Uptime PROVE: 
Functional Development with Overview

Verified functions form the basis of product reliability. Product developers work together with suppliers on numerous tasks in coordinated work-packages. This provides reliable results if this network can cope with the consequences of changes.


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Distributed Working on a Functional Network

Products fulfil functions. Many of them can be fulfilled by a cascade of sub-functions. Changes (of which there are many during product development) make the checking of the consequences on affected sub-functions a necessity. The tasks in the network of developers need to be permanently adapted to current events. This can quickly become messy over the course of a project.

This problem is exacerbated by a high level of innovation since in these neither the quantitative goals for the functions are known nor can the test procedures from product predecessors be reused.

Transparency in Functional Development

The determination of a goal is required in the form of a requirement analysis since it is delivered by the network of product functions. Functions can only be meaningfully dealt with as a combination of hardware and software. Hence the verification program must be constructed using this structure, by means of functional groups. This concept enables hardware, software, and configuration to be considered together.

An overview of the diverse activities is crucial for making informed decisions during the implementation of tasks. Comprehensive documentation of the results needs to be created for technical and legal releases.

Requirements and Tasks for Functional Groups

Functional groups are defined based on the requirement analysis. As a “hardware-software-parameter unit”, they form the technical-organisational structure for the verification program. This includes simulations, hardware, and software tests, supplemented by the measurement of samples and the determination of characteristic maps describing system behaviour.

Changes in a project’s progress result in a new branch in the planned task tree that tracks each measure and its results. This information is then used to report the project progress and to release functional groups.

Uptime PROVE organises functional development

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Foundation for the highest reliability

The contributions from simulation via development to quality are integrated based on a risk analysis. Uptime LOCATE answers the questions which activities are effective against which risks, how much do they contribute to reliability, what the cost-benefit ratio is, and how quickly can results be achieved.

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Project Management

The requirement analysis provides goals for product design and hence also for the task catalogue for the verification program. However, this planning must be adapted in practice to frequent changes of all kinds. The ability to monitor the dynamic course of a project plays a critical role in project steering. Uptime PROVE documents each problem-solving activity via the tracking of event chains. Thus, the stage of diverse activities in functional development can be traced at any time.

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Organisational and technical coordination

Functional development is a highly collaborative topic. Product developers work with suppliers on functions that can depend upon each other or interact with each other. Uptime PROVE structures this collaboration and the required flow of information. The network character of functions is an effective source of failure, particularly if the risks of selective changes have not been completely investigated and processed. For this reason, Uptime PROVE emulates the functional network in order to render the effect chains visible and set the necessary measures for changes.

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The Benefits of Uptime PROVE:

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Uptime PROVE distributes tasks and responsibility.
Collaboration is necessary but risky if sub-tasks interact. This is exactly the case with mechatronic products. Uptime PROVE documents these dependencies and their effects in the functional groups. This guarantees solid results through collaborative method diversity and robustness against risks due to change.

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Uptime PROVE as a joint source of information.
The methods for simulation, test and measurement, the results from tasks and measurements, the events and progress in a project: All this is stored by all participants in a joint software – in Uptime PROVE. The information stored is available for analysis at any time. Standard reports for milestones, releases, and certifications are automatically created. This relieves the burden on experts and keeps the process transparent.

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Uptime PROVE keeps the development process on the right track.
Ver often, the development of a product does not go according to plan, particularly during the early stages of development. Downtimes and other unexpected events are the order of the day. They result in practically permanent changes to the task plan. Uptime PROVE tracks these changes and the problem-solving process. The continuous reports describing the progress of functional validation provide orientation for project steering