Enhancing Collaborative Modular Product Development: Interface Allocation and Associated Responsibilities

DS 126: Proceedings of the 25th International DSM Conference (DSM 2023), Gothenburg, Sweden, October, 03 - 05, 2023

Year: 2023
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jakob Trauer; Christopher Langner; Matthias Kreimeyer; Ola Isaksson; Massimo Panarotto; Arindam Brahma
Author: Marc Zuefle, Jan Kuechenhof, Markus Berschik, Dieter Krause
Series: DSM
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Page(s): 001-010
DOI number: 10.35199/dsm2023.01


For meeting the dynamic demands of customers on a product, development increasingly relies on expertise from a diverse array of disciplines and domains. Only this collaboration makes it possible to provide comprehensive and practical approaches to solutions for various challenges. However, in addition to variety-induced complexity, this adds complexity due to increased collaboration. Particularly in developing modular product families, this circumstance leads to an expanded consideration of collaboration in subsystems, enabling effective product-family-system development. Collaboration in modular product families leads to a necessary integration of the consideration of interfaces' dependencies, responsibilities, and specifications. This paper presents an approach to identify and manage interface responsibilities in multi-disciplinary modular product-family systems using product and organization view matrices. Results from previous studies are put into a processual context to coordinate the collaboration considered. A matrix-based solution on product and allocated organizational elements improves collaboration.

Keywords: Modular Design, Product Family Design, Product-Systems, Collaborative Design, Platform Design


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