Co-Development of Products and Manufacturing Systems Using Integrated Platform Models
Doktorsavhandling, 2013

Product first, manufacturing system second. While manufacturing companies in fact make their profits by selling products, the successful development and proper functioning of both the product and the manufacturing system need to be ensured. This consideration poses a challenge that must be met in a joint effort because the product and the manufacturing system are two technical systems that mutually affect each other. They do so not only inside the factory building, but also on the drawing board, before their final design is determined. With an emphasis on the mutual effect between the manufacturing system and the product, this thesis addresses the co-development of the two technical systems. It follows the idea of conducting development based on a strategy for managing change and variety, called platform. Rather than just regarding the reuse of physical parts, the thesis considers a platform approach that involves the definition of generic resources, such as systems, interfaces, and functions. The approach allows for the description of products and manufacturing systems with information about how they may change to produce variety and enable flexibility. Based on several industrial studies, the thesis explores how platforms can be devised for products, manufacturing systems, or both. It elaborates on how technical systems can be described for defining such platforms. Specifically, it proposes an integrated model that combines function-means trees, component structures, manufacturing operations, and their interactions. The model allows defining platforms that can be expanded over time and used continually to derive product and manufacturing system variants. Thus, it helps manage change and variety in products and manufacturing systems.

concurrent engineering

function-means tree

product development

production development

reconfigurable manufacturing system

configurable component

manufacturing development

configurable product

platform-based design

Virtual Development Laboratory, Hörsalsvägen 7A
Opponent: Prof. Claudia Eckert, The Design Group, The Open University, United Kingdom


Marcel Michaelis

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Industrially manufactured products are all around us. They can be as prominent as a jumbo jet or as hidden as an electric fan that cools a computer. Many factors influence the design of products, such as the purpose for which they are built and the numbers in which they are produced. For example, the Mars rovers do not look like the mass-produced cars that take us to work every day. Manufacturing companies do not only make these products; they also develop and run the factories, machines and tools needed for production that form the so-called manufacturing systems. These systems have a strong influence on the way products look as they limit or enable possible designs. Likewise, products influence the designs of manufacturing systems. This mutual influence requires products and manufacturing systems to be developed together rather than independently. In other words, manufacturing companies and their engineers must manage the co-development of products and manufacturing systems. Furthermore, engineers need to define what changes they should make to products and manufacturing systems over time while offering variety to customers with different demands. This challenge can be addressed by using platform strategies for co-development. The thesis looks closer at this platform-based co-development.


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Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie

Virtual Development Laboratory, Hörsalsvägen 7A

Opponent: Prof. Claudia Eckert, The Design Group, The Open University, United Kingdom

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