A METHODICAL APPROACH FOR DEVELOPING MODULAR PRODUCT FAMILIES
DS 68-4: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 4: Product and Systems Design, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
To offer individualised products at globally marketable prices, Institute PKT’s integrated approach for developing modular product families aims to generate maximum external product variety using the lowest possible internal process and component variety. Methodical units of design for variety and life phases modularization support the creation of modular product structures on the level of conceptual design. During embodiment design modular attributes are enhanced through module and interface design according to corporate needs integrating further requirements on product properties. The methodical approach is explained in example of a product family of herbicide spraying systems.