Cost based design of modular product families using the example of test rigs

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Hanna, Michael; Ripperda, Sebastian; Krause, Dieter
Series: ICED
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 241-250
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Companies with a wide range of variety on the markets have to reduce their internal variety for reducing their costs. This can be reached through modular product families, where more than one concept is possible. A decision making based on costs is missing for the choice of the developed concepts. In this Paper an approach for developing modular product structure concepts based on cost is presented. Based on literature review the Integrated PKT-Approach for developing modular product families is adapted for analyze cost, process and product structure for developing and cost prognosis of concepts and modified tools for analyzing cost are explained. This approach is used in a case study for an industry company where three cost-efficient variety optimized concepts were developed. The approach is helpful for developing cost-reduced concepts based on cost analyses and gives a cost prognosis for rating the concepts.

Keywords: Case study, Product families, Decision making, Design costing


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