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Empirical study on product flexibility

PK Palani Rajan, MJ Van Wie, KL Wood, KN Otto, MI Campbell

Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference | Published : 2004


Product flexibility is the ability of a product to allow future design changes to take place with minimal impact to the current design solution. Flexible designs lead to reductions in redesign cost because the impact of evolutionary changes does not propagate extensively. When considering the efforts taken in the past to understand product flexibility and develop associated metrics, most prior research focuses on the manufacturing domain rather than the product itself. In this paper, we investigate various physical factors that affect product flexibility. This study focuses on understanding flexibility by conducting an empirical study of existing products in the market. The physical characte..

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