Product family commonality selection through interactive visualization

Ritesh Khire, Jiachuan Wang, Trevor Bailey, Yao Lin, Timothy W. Simpson

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Abstract

High dimensionality and computational complexity are curses typically associated with many product family design problems. In this paper, we investigate interactive methods that combine two traditional technologies - optimization and visualization - to create new and powerful strategies to expedite high dimensional design space exploration and product family commonality selection. In particular, three different methods are compared and contrasted: (1) exhaustive search with visualization, (2) individual product optimization with visualization, and (3) product family optimization with visualization. Among these three, the individual product optimization with visualization methods appears to be the most suitable one for engineer designers, who do not have strong optimization background. This method allows designers to "shop" for the best designs iteratively, while gaining key insight into the tradeoff between commonality and individual performance. The study is conducted in the context of designing a UTC product using an in-house, system-level simulation tool. The challenges associated with (1) design space exploration involving mixed-type design variables and infeasibility, and those associated with (2) visualizing product family design spaces during commonality selection are addressed. Our findings indicate a positive impact on the company's current approach to product family design and commonality selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008
Pages999-1009
Number of pages11
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008 - Brooklyn, NY, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2008Aug 6 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008
CountryUnited States
CityBrooklyn, NY
Period8/3/088/6/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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    Khire, R., Wang, J., Bailey, T., Lin, Y., & Simpson, T. W. (2008). Product family commonality selection through interactive visualization. In ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 999-1009). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 1, No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2008-49335