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The component design is carried out at „Component level“, i.e. during this period we design real components. Besides, the component is part of a certain quantity structure. On the one hand, this quantity structure has an indirect impact on the component if it reflects a neighbouring component. These neighbouring components were evaluated in the working model within the design section model (concept). On the other hand, the quantity structure also has a direct impact as well, but these interfaces were already integrated in the adapter model.
At the beginning of the component design the quantity structure plays no role, it is only an information about the package area or context the component is part of. That is to say that the component can be developed without respect to its context, all information necessary for the component design are integrated in the working model or in the adapter model to which the component is linked.
In spite of this fact, with increasing maturity of the component, we need coordination loops at more or less regular intervals in which the actual state of the component and the remaining quantity structure are overlayed in order to evaluate the component. The time this step is done is called synchro point.
In the early period of the component design such coordinations are not absolutely necessary. But with increasing maturity of the component, the detailed its geometry gets, synchro points should be determined to evaluate the component within a quantity structure.
To sum up, we can say: With increasing maturity of the product development the component design has to be integrated into the quantity structure (context)!
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