Application of product modularity in industry: A case study

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Abstract

Product modularity is a design strategy that offers mutual benefits to the manufacturing companies. Its benefits can be varied from satisfying diverse customer needs through offering customized product with reduced lead-time. This research investigates the overall concept of product modularity, its application in industry and related works published in the literature. The main objective was to identify metrics can be used to measure product modularity. Six industrial cases are investigated in this research study with the objective to measure their product modularity levels. In order to measure such modularity level, Design Structure Matrix (DSM) tool and an analytical method are used. Result shows that overall modularity level in the case industries varies significantly based on product architectures, which are related to the number of components, number of modules, and number of interfaces/dependencies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages1936-1945
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780985549763
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017 - Rabat, Morocco
Duration: Apr 11 2017Apr 13 2017

Other

Other7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017
CountryMorocco
CityRabat
Period4/11/174/13/17

Keywords

  • Design strategy
  • Design structure matrix (DSM)
  • Modularity level
  • Product design and development
  • Product modularity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Shamsuzzoha, A., Al-Kindi, M., & Al-Hinai, N. (2017). Application of product modularity in industry: A case study. In 7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017 (pp. 1936-1945). IEOM Society.