Improving decision making in the early phases of configuration projects

Niels Henrik Mortensen, Lars Hvam, Ulf Harlou, Anders Haug

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During the early phases of configuration projects very important decisions are made which will heavily influence the performance of the company, benefits in different functional areas (production, sales, purchase, product development, service etc), maintenance of the configuration system and quality of the dialogue between the configuration system and the users. Today there exists very sparse tools and procedures which can assist the early phases, i.e. conceptual modeling of the products and product assortment. This paper presents a five-phase procedure for conceptual modeling in configuration projects. Each of the five phases is supported by a set of tools. The main idea of the procedure is utilization of a so-called Product Family Master Plan, which is a formal description of the product assortment and its variation. The procedure has been tested at one of Baan's (SSA Global) customers with very convincing results. © International Journal of Industrial Engineering.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering-Theory Applications and Practice
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)452-461
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Master plan
  • Sales
  • Data mining
  • Product configuration
  • Product assortment
  • Conceptual modeling
  • Visualization
  • Flow visualization
  • Product development
  • Models
  • Configuration system
  • Sea global
  • Formal Description
  • Early phases
  • Product variety
  • Product families
  • Modeling
  • Functional areas


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