Product family and product platform benchmarking with commonality and variety indices

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Abstract

As companies are pressured to reduce costs and lead-times while increasing variety, the need to design products based on common platform "elements" is growing. Product family design has become an effective strategy to meet this challenge, but companies still struggle with assessing how "good" their product family is. Companies routinely benchmark their individual products, but they struggle with how to benchmark their platforms and product families against their competitors. A novel approach for product family benchmarking is introduced in this paper integrating commonality and variety indices to compare competing product families and their platform "elements". An example involving two families of men's razors is presented to illustrate the approach. Limitations of the approach and future work are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume2B-2017
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858134
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 9 2017

Other

OtherASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period8/6/178/9/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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