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Development of Modular Product Families

Development of Modular Product Families

Year: 2010

Section: Products and Architectures

Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.

Author: Blees, C.; Jonas, H.; Krause, D.

Section: Products and Architectures

Pages: 169-182

Abstract

This contribution presents a methodical approach for the development of modular structured product families. The method consists of four basic steps. In a first step, the technical-functional product structure, as well as the variants of the product family is analysed. In the next step, the planning of the product family is performed. Aim of this investigation is the determination, which variant characteristics will be implemented. Subsequently, the components are optimised with respect to Design for Variety. This optimisation allows a beneficial mechanical implementation of the variety as a basis for the following modularisation. The modularisation is performed with respect to different phases of the product lifecycle. For the different phases, singular modularisations are developed independently and afterwards merged into one final modularisation.
The presentation of the method is explained in example of Ultra Low Volume-(ULV)-spraying systems for herbicides in wheel barrow design.

Keywords: Modularisation, Design for Variety, Product Families

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