Product platform design: Method and application

Timothy W. Simpson, Jonathan R. Maier, Farrokh Mistree

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Scale-based product families derived from scalable product platforms that can be exploited from both a functional and a manufacturing standpoint to increase the potential benefits of having a common platform are presented. After the comprehensive review of the literature, the Product Platform Concept Exploration Method (PPCEM) which has been developed to facilitate the design of a family of products based on a scalable product platform is introduced. It is shown that PPCEM provides an efficient and effective means to design a scalable product platform and corresponding product family, promoting increased commonality within the product family with minimal performance tradeoff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-22
Number of pages21
JournalResearch in Engineering Design - Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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