Title

Integrated product and process design: a modularity perspective

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

9-1-2002

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Engineering Design

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/09544820110108926

Abstract

Modularity refers to products, processes, and resources that fulfill various functions through the combination of distinct building blocks. As companies strive to rationalize engineering design, manufacturing, and support processes in order to produce a large variety of products at lower costs, they are focusing on modularity. In this paper, integration aspects of modularity of products, processes, and resources are discussed. Modular products result in flexible designs, which enable a company to respond to the changing markets and technologies by rapidly and inexpensively creating product variants derived from different combinations of the existing or new modules. Product modularity has a strong relationship with the modularity of processes and resources. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Engineering Design is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Keywords

Sustainability

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of Engineering Design, 13:3 (2002) pp.223-231.

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