In the product development in mechanical engineering enterprises and in the development of consumer goods the application of design methodology to ensure functionality and quality is commonplace. The continuous construction process uses specific methods to clarify customer requirements, solve technical problems systematically, creatively generate ideas, prevent errors and improve technical reliability. In contrast to the design of risk-carrying mass products where these techniques are commonplace, their application to process engineering tasks in the construction of plants and devices has been rudimentary, yet, even though there is a risk of high miss-investments is highdue to high costs.
The purpose of construction in process engineering is to translate physical, chemical or biological processes into components, devices and plants. Specifications derived from research often reveal complex problems with conflicting requirements in individual parts of a process which often lead to a conflict between objectives.