Improving product configurability in ETO companies

Sara Helene Markworth Johnsen*, Katrin Kristjansdottir, Lars Hvam

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    Abstract

    For engineer-to-order (ETO) companies, it is from a strategic perspective crucial to be able to supply highly customized solutions to customers, while at the same time improving re-usability across projects to increase efficiency. To address the challenges this study aims to support ETO companies by improving their product configurability without compromising the flexibility, by focusing on product modularization. For this purpose, a 5 step framework is proposed with the aim of creating a product overview with a post perspective on requirements to improve the modularity of the product platforms. The framework was based on a literature review and tested in a case company, where it proved to be beneficial as it provided a structured approach to identify improvements to the products platforms modularity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
    Volume3
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2017
    EditionDS87-3
    Pages221-230
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-97-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event21th International Conference on Engineering Design - The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
    http://iced17.org/

    Conference

    Conference21th International Conference on Engineering Design
    LocationThe University of British Columbia
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period21/08/201725/08/2017
    Internet address
    SeriesICED
    Volume3
    ISSN2220-4334

    Keywords

    • Platform strategies
    • Product families
    • Product modelling/models
    • Requirements

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