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The design platform – a coherent platform description of heterogeneous design assets for suppliers of highly customised systems
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7656-0889
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3677-8311
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1162-724X
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6278-2499
2017 (English)In: Journal of engineering design (Print), ISSN 0954-4828, E-ISSN 1466-1837Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Companies developing highly customised products are continuously faced with fluctuating requirements during the early and late stages of the product development (PD) process. This differs from companies that develop end-consumer products, which uses fixed specifications and where product platforms have been a successful enabler for efficient customisation. However, in the past, product platforms have not been able to fully support companies working in an engineer-to-order business environment. This article outlines the results from a three-year collaborative research project between academics within the area of engineering design and practitioners from the engineer-to-order industry. The research introduces a design platform (DP) that aims to support the development of customised products when traditional platform concepts do not suffice. The platform approach provides a coherent environment for heterogeneous design assets to be used in PD by supporting both the design activity and the finished solutions. The needs and abilities regarding such a platform were investigated through a series of interviews and workshops at four companies. Then, the DP was modelled and support tools were developed. Finally, company representatives evaluated the complete DP and its applications, reporting promising results.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017.
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Product development, engineering design, customisation, supplier, platform
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37261DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2017.1376244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37261DiVA: diva2:1140190
Available from: 2017-09-11 Created: 2017-09-11 Last updated: 2017-09-11

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