Assembly Target specifc Structuring of modular Product Families

Year: 2012
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, Professor John Rasmussen, Assoc. Prof. Kaj A. Jřrgensen, Assoc. Prof. Christian Tollestrup
Author: Niklas Halfmann and Dieter Krause
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Aalborg University, Denmark; 2: Design Society, United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-87-91831-51-5


The structuring of products is awarded the highest potentials for assembly effort reduction of variant product families. A research in corresponding literature in the field of engineering design shows deficits of the approaches regarding systematic applicability, consistency and validation of the proposed structuring measures. In this paper a methodical procedure is presented that intends the application of measures based on an analysis of the actual design for assembly targets. These measures are represented by a defined product model including chosen product attributes. Thereby, the impacts of the measures taken can directly be evaluated providing a validation of the initial design for assembly targets. The application to an exemplary product proves further potentials of the presented developed procedure regarding ergonomic application and significance of the results.

Keywords: Design for Assembly, Product Structuring, Modularity


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