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Litvin S.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Feygenson N.,TRIZ Expert | Feygenson O.,Algorithm
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2011

Function Approach is widely used for analyzing Engineering Systems and formulating and solving inventive problems: Function Analysis is an inalienable part of the analytical stage of any innovation project, while Function-Oriented Search is used effectively at the problem-solving stage. The goal of the current research is to develop the Advanced Function Approach which would significantly increase the effectiveness of existing methodological tools. The main parts of the study presented here are: 1. Research of the application history and the evolution of Function Analysis, which indicates that the next logical step for enhancing the Function Approach is the introduction of two parameters: "time of performing a function" and "place of performing a function". 2. Logical deductive substantiation of the need to apply spatio-temporal parameters for formulating functions. 3. Examples of the application of this Advanced Function Approach. It should be mentioned that the recommendations formulated here are practical and may be used by researchers and TRIZ practitioners who have basic knowledge of the function approach. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Source

Abramov O.,Algorithm | Kogan S.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Mitnik-Gankin L.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Sigalovsky I.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Smirnov A.,Algorithm
Chemical Engineering Research and Design | Year: 2015

In the 21st century, the pace of technological innovation is increasing exponentially and companies feel more and more pressure to adapt quickly to new problems, new technologies and new demands on skills. To ensure such continuous capability improvement, a systematic understanding of technological problem framing and problem solving is a must. TRIZ-based methodologies, typically associated with systematic innovation, have been used for decades across different industries to dramatically improve products and manufacturing processes. These methodologies have been used by leading corporations throughout the world to develop breakthrough ideas, reduce risk associated with innovation and accelerate innovation. One common misconception about TRIZ, however, is that since it was developed for mechanical systems it cannot be used for chemical problems. The objective of this article is to demonstrate that, in fact, TRIZ-based methodologies are well-suited for the chemical industry by presenting (1) relevant statistics (almost 60% of all projects performed by our company over the last 8 years involved improving chemical or bio-chemical products and technologies), (2) specific TRIZ-based case studies from the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering and (3) general reasoning on the areas of chemical engineering in which TRIZ should be most effective. © 2015 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Source

Sigalovsky I.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Abramov O.,Algorithm | Litvin S.,GEN3 Partners Inc. | Smirnov A.,Algorithm | And 2 more authors.
Chemical Engineering Research and Design | Year: 2015

Open innovation has been widely discussed ever since P&G publicly pronounced that "Open innovation is a way for companies to avoid the stale, repetitive thinking that can happen when employees are accustomed to their internal ways of solving problems". The goal of open innovation is to connect innovation problem to the best existing technical solution to this problem that can be found outside of company's R&D. The general concept of open innovation has been widely accepted and practiced. However, in practice, open innovation frequently works inefficiently because problem at the input is not formulated properly or is a wrong problem to be solved. The objective of this article is to discuss this challenge of open innovation and demonstrate - through the prism of chemical engineering - how one of the main TRIZ tools, functional approach, can increase the effectiveness of open innovation. © 2015 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Source

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