Brownfield Process: A method for modular product family development aiming for product configuration

Jarkko Pakkanen, Tero Juuti, Timo Lehtonen

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    Modularisation, product platforms, product families and product configuration are efficient product structuring tactics in mass customisation. Industry needs descriptions of how the engineering should be done in this context. We suggest that key engineering concepts in this field are partitioning logic, set of modules, interfaces, architecture and configuration knowledge. A literature review reveals that methods consider these concepts partly or with different combinations, but considering all of them is rare. Therefore, a design method known as the Brownfield Process is presented. The method is applied to an industrial case in which the aim was rationalisation of existing product variety towards a modular product family that enables product configuration. We suggest that the method is valuable in cases with similar goals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)210-241
    Number of pages32
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Design method
    • Design process
    • Engineering design
    • Product design
    • Product development

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Engineering
    • Architecture
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • General Social Sciences
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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