Modular product architecture to manage product development complexity

Ahm Shamsuzzoha*, Petri Helo, Sujan Piya, Mohammed Alkahtani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Shorter product life cycles, together with heterogeneous market demands, are forcing manufacturing companies to eliminate or reduce complexities in product development and supply chain. These complexities arise due to high level of interdependencies between component interfaces and supply chain participants. To address such complexities, companies need to focus on their product architecture and supply chain design. In this research, the impact of product architecture on developing modular products is highlighted. This modular principle is elaborated with the objective to reduce product development complexities. A case example is presented to define the importance of product architecture with the help of a design structure matrix (DSM) tool to reduce product development complexity. In addition, various drivers responsible for supply chain complexities are identified and categorised, and the relationship between product architecture and supply chain complexities are defined within the scope of this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-247
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Complexity
  • Component interfaces
  • DSM
  • Design structure matrix
  • Modularity
  • Product architecture
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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