COMMON MODULE PRODUCT FAMILY DESIGN IN VIEW OF COMPROMISE IN FUNCTION AND INTEGRITY
Common module design has been focused on the need to contend with an ever divergent global market. Although its ability to realize wide variety of product family are acknowledged, Japanese industries have not implemented very well due to concerns on loss of competitive edge. Japanese industries have advantages in their integral quality improvement - Suriawase. However, modular design may impede such Suriawase. This paper proposes a method for the design of module commonization structure of a product family that incorporates Suriawase. The case study is conducted on solar boats.