Using product dissection to integrate product family design research into the classroom and improve students' understanding of platform commonality

Timothy William Simpson, Henri J. Thevenot

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Abstract

In this paper we describe a product dissection activity that has been developed for a graduate course on product family design to improve students' understanding of platform commonality. Last spring, the product dissection activity served a second purpose, namely, it provided an opportunity to engage students in product family design research in the classroom by having them participate in a study to evaluate the variability in the Product Line Commonality Index (PCI), a commonality index from the literature. The product dissection activity consisted of five teams dissecting and analyzing three different families of products, each containing four products. Based on their results, we identified three main sources of the variability that occur during the dissection of the products and calculation of the PCI: different levels of dissection, parts omitted from the analysis, and different values for the factors used to compute the PCI. Recommendations for reducing the variability are given based on our findings. Finally, an assessment of the students' learning reveals that the activity significantly improved their understanding of platform commonality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProc. of the ASME Int. Des. Eng. Techn. Conf. and Comput. and Inf. in Eng. Conf. - DETC2005: 17th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology. Power Transmission and Gearing Conference.
Pages375-382
Number of pages8
Volume5
StatePublished - 2005
EventDETC2005: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Long Beahc, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2005Sep 28 2005

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OtherDETC2005: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beahc, CA
Period9/24/059/28/05

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Simpson, T. W., & Thevenot, H. J. (2005). Using product dissection to integrate product family design research into the classroom and improve students' understanding of platform commonality. In Proc. of the ASME Int. Des. Eng. Techn. Conf. and Comput. and Inf. in Eng. Conf. - DETC2005: 17th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology. Power Transmission and Gearing Conference. (Vol. 5, pp. 375-382)