Supporting design platforms by identifying flexible modules
Paper in proceedings, 2017

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.

Product architecture

Modularisation

Systems Engineering (SE)

Functional modelling

Set-based Concurrent Engineering

Author

Dag Raudberget

School of engineering Jönköping university

Christoffer E Levandowski

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Samuel André

School of engineering Jönköping university

Ola Isaksson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Fredrik Elgh

School of engineering Jönköping university

Jakob Müller

Industrial and Materials Science

Joel Johansson

School of engineering Jönköping university

Roland Stolt

School of engineering Jönköping university

21st International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2017, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25 August 2017

2220-4342 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 DS87-3 191-200

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

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5/14/2018