MAINTAINING PRODUCT PLATFORMS IN INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY
Product platforms describe the range of products offered by a company in terms of functionality, performance and architecture. Based on an extensive case study in industrial machinery, several important elements of a platform approach are identified in this paper. The technological evolution of a platform is highly uncertain and difficult to define beforehand: therefore, a life cycle approach is needed. The paper argues that a platform life cycle requires incorporating the process aspects of platform development: product development yields continuously proposals for platform engineering change, which have to be properly managed during the whole platform life cycle.