A prototype web-based custom product specification system

Ronald S. Farrell, Gary Stump, Jaeil Park, Timothy W. Simpson

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Abstract

For companies who must provide customized products on demand, it is important that the voice of the customer be addressed and incorporated early into the design process. Web-based design interfaces have emerged as useful tools to make customer voices interactive and provide a customer-friendly and cost-effective interface. The effectiveness of the interface can be greatly enhanced through implementation of a strategic customization process that can proactively react to customer requests. The design process represents a virtual product line that approaches the goal of providing infinite variety at minimal costs. The process provides a base for a true customization approach, which is different from the typical mass customization approach to provide ample but limited product variety a priori for a targeted market. In this paper, we describe the development of a prototypical custom product specification system and the underlying strategic design process that is based on a collection of product platforms. The development is illustrated using an example from on-going research with a company that produces customized valves for the power industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages937-945
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event2003 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2003Sep 6 2003

Other

Other2003 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period9/2/039/6/03

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Farrell, R. S., Stump, G., Park, J., & Simpson, T. W. (2003). A prototype web-based custom product specification system. 937-945. Paper presented at 2003 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, United States.