PRODUCT AND PROCESS EVALUATION IN THE CONTEXT OF MODULARIZATION FOR ASSEMBLY
DS 68-5: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 5: Design for X / Design to X, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Malmqvist, J.
Author: Halfmann, Niklas; Elstner, Steffen; Krause, Dieter
Section: Design for X, Design to X
The determination of modular product structures requires a continuous evaluation of the measures taken. Modularization is an appropriate method for product structuring. It provides the opportunity of taking into account the requirements from different product life phases, such as the development, production or after-sales phase. The assembly, as an essential part of the production for the company, demands easy mountable products. Short lead times and flexible processes are the main requirements among others. The methodical procedure presented in this paper proposes the integrative representation of the product structure and its resulting assembly sequence in a single diagram. The developed tool provides the opportunity to perform structuring measures to the product and coincidently show the impact on the assembly process. For the evaluation the use of key figures is proposed. The relevant input for the calculation of these key figures is similarly extracted from the diagram. Conclusively, the procedure is applied to an example of aircraft interior development.