Designing Product Families

Per Erik Elgård Pedersen, Thomas Dedenroth Miller

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    Manufacturing companies that operate with products aimed at different market segments and applications are experiencing an increasing demand from customers who expect products to be tailored to their exact needs rather than accepting general products based on average customer needs. This trend has led to a new business paradigm, "mass customization", where companies strive to provide highly customized products while still maintaining the efficiency of the classical mass production enterprise. One of the key factors in mass customization has been efficient use of product platforms as a foundation for the customization process, whereby the customized products become variants of a product family with a high degree of reuse and utilization of kinship between the individual variants.With this paper, we will discuss the development of platform based product families from three points of view: Variety, Design Principles, and Product Maturity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings from IPS Research Seminar
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event13th Integrated Productions Systems Research Seminar (IPS'98) - Fuglsoe, Denmark
    Duration: 1 Jan 1998 → …


    Conference13th Integrated Productions Systems Research Seminar (IPS'98)
    Period01/01/1998 → …


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