Platform-based Product Family Development.- Effective Product Platform Planning in the Front End.- Platform-Driven Development of Product Families.- Platform Concept Evaluation.- Platform Leveraging Strategies and Market Segmentation.- Product Family Positioning.- Commonality Indices for Assessing Product Families.- Methods of Optimizing Product Platforms and Product Families.- Commonality Decisions in Product Family Design.- Product Variety Optimization.- Analytical Target Cascading in Product Famility Design- Determining Product Platform Extent-. A Roadmap for Product Architecture Costing.- An Activity-based Costing Method for Product Family Design.- Product Family Redesign Using a Platform Approach.- Process Platform and Production Configuration for Product Families.- Measuring Shape Commonality.- Process Parameter Platform Design to Manage Workstation Capacity.- Ice Scraper Product Family Development at Innovation Factory.- Architecting and Implementing Profitable Product Families and Shared Engineering Platforms.- A Case Study of the Product Design Generator.- Product Platform Management Practice at Cetetherm.
This book discusses how product platform and product family design can be used successfully to increase variety within a product line, shorten manufacturing lead times, and reduce overall costs within a product line. The material serves as a reference and a hands-on guide for practitioners involved in the design, planning and production of products. Real-life case studies that explain the benefits of platform based product development are included.
Designing products and product families so they may be customized for the global marketplace and achieving these goals in abbreviated time period, while maintaining production efficiencies are the keys to successful manufacturing operations. The research on these areas has matured rapidly over the last decade. The aim of this volume is to show different techniques for developing platform architectures, strategies for planning how far a product can be developed, and identifying methods to optimize product design.