Perspective-Based Development of Modular Product Architectures

DS 58-4: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 4, Product and Systems Design, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Blees, Christoph; Jonas, Henry; Krause, Dieter
Series: ICED
Section: Product and Systems Design
Page(s): 95-106


Defining modular product structures requires taking into account various requirements from different perspectives. One problem, however, is that different perspectives on modularization may lead to different optimal product structures, depending on the special requirements the perspectives may have. For this reason, modular product architectures often need to strike a compromise. The approach we present in this paper is based on a differentiated consideration of the product-planning, purchase, assembly and after-sales perspective. While the method shows up the conflicts which are liable to arise between given perspective, certain general concepts are derived from it.

Keywords: Modularization, Methodical Product Development, Product Architecture, Product Planning, Purchase, Assembly, After-sales


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