A multi-criteria framework for screening preliminary product platform concepts

Kevin Otto*, Katja Hölttä-Otto

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    Abstract

    A platform must effectively support multiple product variants over a prolonged period of time. This makes platform concept evaluation a more challenging task than a single product concept evaluation. Existing platform methods develop specific criteria in depth, yet an evaluation of alternative platforms should be based on a broad set of criteria. Based on expert interviews, personal experience, and a literature search we propose here a framework of 19 metrics for multi-criteria platform evaluation. The metrics are group into six categories: customer, variety, flexibility, complexity, organization, and after-sale. The method is focused on the early platform architecture phase, before proof-of-concept prototyping. However, it can equally be used subsequently for platform refinement when more data becomes available. We demonstrate our framework using a cordless drill family as an exemplary platform.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
    Pages125-136
    Number of pages12
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Salt Lake City, United States
    Duration: 28 Sep 20042 Oct 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
    Abbreviated titleIDETC/CIE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySalt Lake City
    Period28/09/200402/10/2004

    Keywords

    • Concept evaluation
    • Platform
    • Product architecture

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