The right use of modular product architectures can help companies provide a great variety of customized products at a competitive price level, by reuse of knowledge, components, processes and utilization of economies of scale in many of the activities that are necessary to provide products for customers. Modular product architectures often serve as a basis for several products often referred to as product families. One or more product families may constitute a substantial amount of the total product portfolio of a company, and it is, therefore, of the greatest importance that concepts and solutions are evaluated thoroughly throughout the design phases because any design fault is likely to propagate to a large part of the business. Developing modular product architectures is therefore also the task of ensuring a fit between the products that can be made on the basis of the architecture and the production system upon which manufacturing will take place. This fit is referred to as alignment. The aim of this paper is to present a new design method that can help design aligned modular product and production architectures. The method has been applied and evaluated at the Danish company Danfoss Industrial Controls. The method consists of two tools and a guideline on how to use these tools.
|Title of host publication||International Conference on Engineering Design : Proceedings of 2005|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||International Conference on Engineering Design : Engineering Design in the Global Economy - Melbourne Grand Hyatt Hotel, Australia|
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …
|Conference||International Conference on Engineering Design : Engineering Design in the Global Economy|
|City||Melbourne Grand Hyatt Hotel, Australia|
|Period||01/01/2005 → …|