Modularization of Novel Machines: Motives, Means and Opportunities

DS 61: Proceedings of NordDesign 2010, the 8th International NordDesign Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, 25.-27.08.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Andreas Dagman; Rikard Söderberg
Author: Börjesson, Fredrik; Sellgren, Ulf
Section: Platforms
Page(s): 435-444


Modularization approaches are often used to restructure mature products with known technical content, but not to assist new development of products with a high innovation content or soft interactive requirements. This paper investigates if various clustering techniques can be used to identify module candidates in matrix representations of evolving product properties, including interactive properties, and component architectures. The proposed approach is tested on the hybrid drive train of a novel forwarder. Forwarders are used in the forestry industry to transport logs from the felling area to a landing area close to a road accessible by trucks. Continuous efficiency improvements, new emission requirements, and the need to configure machine for different applications stresses the need for a modular product architecture.

Keywords: DSM, forwarder, hybrid technology, new development, dendrogram

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