Controlling Design Variants: Modular Product Platforms

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1999 - 145 Seiten
An increasing number of successful manufacturing companies use the notion of modules and product platforms. But, what is a module and how can modular product platforms increase company efficiency while reducing time to market? This book describes modular design, the driving forces behind it and how it can help companies shorten developmental lead times, manage a high degree of customization, and reinforce product identity. This book also presents a systematic method for incorporating modular design principles into product development. Actual case studies from Volvo, Atlas Copco Controls, VBG, and Sepson illustrate how the method achieves increased company efficiency while reducing time to market.
 

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Introduction
1
Expanding and Deviating Demands on Product Design
9
TIME
11
DESIGN SCOPE
13
DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE
14
Product Modularity
17
WHAT IS PRODUCT MODULARITY?
19
MODULE DRIVERS
20
SEPSON
88
Modular Product Platform Management
93
TAKE AND KEEP THE LEAD
96
CONTROL AND MANAGE VARIETY
97
STRUCTURED WORKING METHODS
100
BUILDING SMALL FACTORIES WITHIN THE FACTORY
102
Evaluation of Module Concepts
107
LEAD TIME IN DEVELOPMENT
108

HOW ARE THE MODULE DRIVERS USED?
26
Modular Function Deployment
29
DEFINE CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS
31
SELECT TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS
32
GENERATE MODULE CONCEPT
34
EVALUATE MODULE CONCEPT
38
OPTIMIZE MODULES
40
Illustrative Example Vacuum Cleaner
43
SELECT TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS
46
EVALUATE MODULE CONCEPT
52
OPTIMIZE MODULES
54
Applying MFD in Practice
57
ATLAS COPCO CONTROLS
71
VBG
76
DEVELOPMENT COSTS
109
DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY
111
PRODUCT COSTS
112
SYSTEM COSTS
116
LEAD TIME IN ASSEMBLY
118
QUALITY
122
VARIANT FLEXIBILITY
125
SERVICEUPGRADING
128
Glossary
133
ABBREVIATIONS
135
References
137
Index
141
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Seite 3 - As the manufacturing industry heads into the 21st century, companies have started thinking in terms of product platforms with the main objective of shortening development lead times and increasing commonality between products.
Seite 4 - Instead of searching for an optimal design for an optimal product, the objective of a modular product platform is to create a strategically flexible product design that allows product variations without requiring changes in the overall product design every time a new product variant is introduced.

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