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Supporting Design Platforms by Identifying Flexible Modules
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6761-597X
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7656-0889
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17): Vol. 3: Product, Services and Systems Design / [ed] Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos, The Design Society, 2017, p. 191-200Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One way for firms to stay competitive is to adapt a platform approach. In product platforms, modules are used as exchangeable design blocks to create a variety in product performance. This is a proven way to get advantages of scale in production by reusing physical parts and investments in manufacturing. To ensure exchangeability between modules, interfaces between modules must be well defined. Hence, from this point of view, there is no such thing as flexible modules. In this research, flexibility refers to the idea of identifying strategic portions of the platform where flexibility is needed and to create the modular division in a way that the assigned modules are de-coupled in theses areas. The presented approach shows how the Design platform concept can be extended by the introduction of flexible modules. These support the Design Platforms by allowing areas of strategic importance to be more flexible and thereby enable room for uncertainties such as fluctuating requirements and future technical development.

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The Design Society, 2017. p. 191-200
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4342, E-ISSN 2220-4334
Keywords [en]
Product architecture, Set-based Concurrent Engineering, Systems Engineering (SE), Functional modelling, Modularisation
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37119Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85029821488ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37119DiVA, id: diva2:1137852
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International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vancouver, 21-25 August, 2017.
Available from: 2017-09-01 Created: 2017-09-01 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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