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Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2020.02.198
Title: Harmonizing cross-departmental perspectives on modular product families
Language: English
Authors: Greve, Erik 
Rennpferdt, Christoph  
Krause, Dieter  
Keywords: Case study; Harmonization; Modularization; Prespectives; Product Family Design
Issue Date: 18-Aug-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Procedia CIRP (91): 452-457 (2020)
Abstract (english): 
In order to maintain their competitiveness and to respond effectively to different customer needs, manufacturing companies offer a wide range of product variants. This increasing product variety leads to an increase in variety-induced complexity and thus to rising costs in all departments. The development of modular product families is a proven strategy to handle the large external variety with a relatively small internal variety. Modularization requires not only technical-functional, but also organizational, process-related and strategic aspects from all involved departments in order to create an optimal product architecture. The method of the Life Phases Modularization offers this possibility as it integrates all perspectives of the different departments and tries to harmonize the partially contradictory aspects using the Module Process Chart (MPC). The resulting harmonized module process forms the global optimum for exploiting potentials of modular product families within the entire company. The method was developed almost a decade ago and has been applied and refined over time in several industrial cases. This paper presents the method on the basis of two industrial examples and shows deficits and improvements in a consolidated manner.
Conference: 30th CIRP Design Conference 2020 
DOI: 10.15480/882.2974
ISSN: 2212-8271
Journal: Procedia CIRP 
Institute: Produktentwicklung und Konstruktionstechnik M-17 
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives) CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives)
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