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Integration and Test Sequencing for Complex Systems

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The integration and test phase of complex manufacturing machines, like an ASML lithographic manufacturing system, is expensive and time consuming. The tests that can be performed at a certain point in time during the integration phase depend on the modules that are integrated and, therefore, on the preceding integration sequence. In this paper, we introduce a mathematical model to describe an overall integration and test sequencing problem, and we propose an algorithm to solve this problem. The method is a combination of integration sequencing and test sequencing. Furthermore, we introduce several strategies that determine when test phases should start. With a case study within the development of a software release that is used to control an ASML lithographic machine, we show that the described method and strategies can be used to solve real-life problems.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 1 )