Defining modules for platforms: An overview of the architecting process

Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin N. Otto, Timothy W. Simpson

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Product platforms have shown to provide significant cost and time savings while still allowing companies to offer a variety of products. As a result, a multitude of methods have been developed to design product platforms. These methods, however, have been developed independent of one another, and it can be daunting to try to compare the methods and understand which approach might be suitable when or how the methods might interlink, if at all. In this chapter, we review the platform architecting process and tie together several approaches introduced both in this book and the existing literature. A family of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is used as an illustrative example to demonstrate several of these approaches and their integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Product Family and Product Platform Design
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781461479376
ISBN (Print)9781461479369
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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