Product Variant Master as a Means to Handle Variant Design

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    Abstract

    The overall time requiered to design a new product variant relies on two factor: how good the methods to design the new variant are and how good these method are supported by computers.It has been estimated that 80% of all design tasks are variational in that the goal of the design is to adapt an existing basic design to new requirements. Parametric/variational models and macro programmning abilities have been developed to address the above and similar requirement in modern CAD systems. The topic of this paper is to describe a systematic method for variant design support and how it can be implemented in the CAD system I-DEAS. A precondition for high degree of computer support is identification of a product variant master from which new variants can be derived. This class platform defines how a product build up fit certain production methods and rules governing determination of modules, assemblies, and parts. Implementation in an industrial company shows that considerable rationalisation effects can be achieved
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceddings of Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice
    PublisherInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    EventInternational Conference on Industrial Engineering and Applications - Houston
    Duration: 1 Jan 1996 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Industrial Engineering and Applications
    CityHouston
    Period01/01/1996 → …

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