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FAST Diagrams: The Foundation for Creating Effective Function Models

 

Function Analysis System Technique (FAST) Diagrams have been around since 1965.  They are a very useful tool to provide a graphical representation of how the various functions within a complex systems interact and interrelate to perform their primary function, and have been a mainstay in the Value Engineering community for over 40 years.  This is a powerful tool that helps analyze the logical linkages between critical functions to promote a common understanding of how these complex systems work.  As powerful as it is for the Value Management community, it is just the foundation for the building of useful and effective function models for the TRIZ community.  This paper will provide instruction on how to build FAST Diagrams and integrate various enhancements to make them truly helpful in uncovering innovation opportunities.

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John Borza, President, Value Innovation, LLC, has been involved in creativity and innovation as an Engineer and Manager for over 30 years, concentrating the past several years in the area of Value Engineering and TRIZ.  Mr. Borza earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan.  He is an accomplished facilitator and trainer who has successfully led numerous workshops in a variety of automotive product areas, resulting in significant cost reductions, improved products, and patentable innovations, and has trained hundreds of Engineers and Managers in Structured Innovation techniques.  He is a Registered Engineer, an AI certified TRIZ Practitioner, and holds an Associate Value Specialist certification from SAVE International.  He is also the Immediate Past-President of the Greater Michigan Chapter of SAVE International, and a member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

 

Inside TRIZ

Quantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention

Inside TRIZ

 

navneet bhushanQuantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention

A tool to estimate the strength and life of a Patent

TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) classifies inventions into five novelty levels. At level 1 are slight modifications of the existing systems.  At level 2 are those inventions that resolve a system conflict or contradiction using usually inventive solution or inventive principle used to solve similar problems in other systems.    At level 3, the inventions change one subsystem or resolve the system conflicts in a fundamental way. At level 4, the invention gives birth to new systems using interdisciplinary approaches. The level 5 inventions are closer to a recently discovered scientific phenomenon. See article for a complete discussion.

 

 

TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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