PRODUCT PLATFORM PERFORMANCE IN MEETING WITH THE MANUFACTURING
The existing product family design methods focusing mainly on customer satisfaction and “part” reuse and marginally on the production. This paper presents a method evaluating the match between the product platform and the production. The Manufacturing Change Performance Index (MCPI) analysis is based on mapping the customer needs to engineering needs and hence finds the design variation parameters. The manufacturing is then checked against this proposed variations and their extreme values by an evaluation, leading to the MCPI. This method makes it possible to explore different production processes for the platform, explore the solution space for different platforms and finding out how flexible the production equipment is.