A platform model for suppliers of customized systems: Creating an ability to master fluctuating requirements
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016, Charlotte, August 21-24, 2016., 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Companies developing highly customized products within the supplier industry are continuously faced with fluctuating requirements during both the quotation process and continued development. This research proposes a platform approach to aid suppliers when modularity or platform scalability do not suffice. The platform approach, Design Platform, focuses on descriptions that not only contain information about tangible components and systems but also information, knowledge and methods supporting the actual design of the product. A support system called Design Platform Manager has been developed to aid in using the platform approach and is introduced at a supplier active in the automotive industry. The system enables creation of generic product items that can be structured and instantiated to become product variants as well as Design Elements that are blocks of knowledge that describe a design or supports the activity of designing. A first evaluation is made that overall shows good result according to the company representatives.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Quotation, Customization, Platform, Requirements, Supplier, Engineering Design
Other Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31567OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31567DiVA: diva2:956074
IDETC/CIE 2016, International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers & Information in Engineering Conference