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Large product catalogues, a wide variety of configurations and an almost infinite number of possible combinations make the selection and dimensioning of automation components and their combination into systems and plants a very time-consuming and difficult task. Today, the engineering process is a trial-and error approach. Based on experience the sales engineer gives the customer a first solution which then in turns influences the customers’ requirements. In several loops a possible solution is found. This process is neither efficient nor optimal as it changes the initial problem and leaves a solution-neutral description very early. However, a solution- and technology-neutral problem analysis is needed to avoid biased, suboptimal solutions and rather find optimal, albeit unconventional solutions.