A HUNT FOR THE HIDDEN REASONS BEHIND A PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE
Editor: Leardi, Carlo; Browning, Tyson R.; Eppinger, Steven D.; Becerril, Lucia
Author: Williamsson, David (1); Sellgren, Ulf (2); Söderberg, Anders (2)
Institution: 1: Scania CV AB & KTH Royal Institute of Technology; 2:KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Section: Product and System Architecture
A modular product architecture is a strategic means to deliver external variety and internal commonality. In this paper, a heavy duty modular gearbox architecture is represented and analyzed. In focus is re-engineering of hidden technical complexity and business strategy concerns behind an existing product architecture. The architecture of the investigated gearbox is represented and analyzed with a Product Architecture DSM and the Integrated Modularization Method (IMM). Furthermore, a Cluster Match Matrix (CMM) is proposed as a means to compare multiple clustering results. The case study indicates that the IMM methodology and CMM can be used for analyzing and finding the explicit and/or implicit reason for a targeted existing product architecture.