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Modular Platform-Based Product Family Design

Javier P Gonzalez-Zugasti, Kevin N Otto

Volume 2: 26th Design Automation Conference | American Society of Mechanical Engineers | Published : 2000


Abstract In this paper we present a method for designing families of products built onto modular platforms. A product platform is the set of components and subsystems shared across multiple products offered by a firm. A modular platform is one that allows for swapping of modules to configure multiple products in a family. The problem of designing a family of products based on such a platform is formulated as an optimization exercise, from which an implementation is derived. The method allows for the design of the modules that are shared across multiple members of the family, or the platform, as well as the portions of the products that are individually designed, or the variant..

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