Linking 10 years of modular design research: Alternative methods and tool chain sequences to support product platform design

Kevin Otto*, Katja Hölttä-Otto

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Abstract

Modular product platforms have been shown to provide substantial cost and time savings while still allowing companies to offer a variety of products. As a result, a multitude of product platform methods have been developed over the last decade within the design research community. However, comparison and integration of suitable methods is difficult since the methods have, for the most part, been developed in isolation from one another. In reviewing the literature in modularity and product platforms, we create a generic set of twelve platform design activities. We then examine a set of product platform development processes used at several different companies, and from this form a generic sequence of the activities. We then associate the various developed methods to the sequence, thereby enabling the chaining together of the various modular and platform design methods developed by the community. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Volume3 B
ISBN (Print)978-0-7918-5589-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Portland, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20137 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleIDETC/CIE
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period04/08/201307/08/2013

Keywords

  • TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP PROCESS
  • FAMILY DESIGN
  • COMMONALITY
  • SEMICONDUCTORS
  • CUSTOMER

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