Supporting design platforms by identifying flexible modules
Paper i proceeding, 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


Systems Engineering (SE)

Functional modelling

Set-based Concurrent Engineering


Dag Raudberget

Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping

Christoffer E Levandowski

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling

Samuel André

Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping

Ola Isaksson

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling

Fredrik Elgh

Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping

Jakob Müller

Industri- och materialvetenskap

Joel Johansson

Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping

Roland Stolt

Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping

Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED

22204334 (ISSN) 22204342 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 DS87-3 191-200


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi


Hållbar utveckling



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