Improving an existing product family based on commonality/diversity, modularity, and cost

Fabrice Alizon, Steven B. Shooter, Timothy William Simpson

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Abstract

As product life cycles become shorter and shorter, stakes are higher in terms of sales and profits, making it an imperative for companies to enhance existing product families as much as possible. In this paper, a methodology using the Design Structure Matrix flow, Value Analysis, and the Commonality versus Diversity Index is proposed to improve an existing family of products. These tools assess and improve commonality/diversity trade-off within the family, feature satisfaction through design, and definition of new modules/components and their interfaces. A case study based on a family of refrigerators is detailed in this paper to demonstrate the methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-409
Number of pages23
JournalDesign Studies
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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