This paper discusses model-driven development (MDD) as the enabler of virtual system integration. MDD dramatically reduces the risks of complex mechatronic system development, increases productivity within an FDA-regulated process, and automating collaborative development among disparate teams. An MDD flow gives the system integrator an effective platform from which to communicate the overall system requirements and individual component specifications. It can also tie project management into development and automate mundane and time-consuming tasks, so designers can spend their time doing what they do best—designing.

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