Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods and Applications / Edition 1

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Designing products and product families so they may be customized for the global marketplace and achieving these goals in abbreviated time period, while maintaining production efficiencies are the keys to successful manufacturing operations. The research on these areas has matured rapidly over the last decade. Today's highly competitive and volatile marketplace is reshaping the way many companies do business as rapid innovation and mass customization offer a new form of competitive advantage. In response, companies like Sony, Black & Decker, and Kodak have successfully implemented strategies to design and develop an entire family of products to satisfy a wide variety of customer requirements. Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods and Applications discusses how product platform and product family design can be used successfully to: - Increase variety within a product line. - Shorten manufacturing lead times. - Reduce overall costs within a product line. The material available here will serve as both a reference and a hands-on guide for practitioners involved in the design, planning and production of products. Included are real-life case studies that explain the benefits of platform based product development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441938244
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 1.15 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Platform-Based Product Family Development.- Platform-Based Product Family Development.- Front-End Issues Related to Platform-Based Product Family Development.- Effective Product Platform Planning in the Front End.- Platform-Driven Development of Product Families.- Platform Concept Evaluation.- Platform Leveraging Strategies and Market Segmentation.- Product Family Positioning.- Commonality Indices for Assessing Product Families.- Optimization Methods to Support Platform-Based Product Family Development.- Methods for Optimizing Product Platforms and Product Families.- Commonality Decisions in Product Family Design.- Product Variety Optimization.- Analytical Target Cascading in Product Family Design.- Determining Product Platform Extent.- Back-End Issues Related to Platform-Based Product Family Development.- A Roadmap for Product Architecture Costing.- An Activity-Based Costing Method to Support Product Family Design.- Product Family Redesign Using a Platform Approach.- Process Platform and Production Configuration for Product Families.- Measuring Shape Commonality.- Process Parameter Platform Design to Manage Workstation Capacity.- Applications of Platform-Based Product Family Development.- Ice Scraper Product Family Development at Innovation Factory.- Architecting and Implementing Profitable Product Families and Shared Engineering Platforms.- A Case Study of the Product Design Generator.- Product Platform Management Practice at Cetetherm.

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