Support for Managing Partly Configurable Modular Systems

Jarkko Pakkanen, Teuvo Heikkinen, Nillo Adlin, Timo Lehtonen, Janne Mämmelä, Tero Juuti

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The paper studies what kind of support could be applied to the management of partly configurable modular systems. The main tasks of product management, product portfolio management and product variety management are defined. In addition, a partly configurable product structure and modular system are defined. Because the limited support in the literature for managing partly configurable modular systems, the article reviews previous product development cases in which authors have been involved on lessons learnt basis, i.e., if the methods and tools used in the cases could provide support for the research objective. As a result, the existing definition of the modular system should be extended by the concepts of non-module and design decision sequence description when dealing with partly configurable modular systems. This is because engineer-to-order should be made possible in cases where it brings clear added value to the customer compared to completely pre-defined solutions that may limit the customer's interest in the offering. Tools to assess the impact of changes to the product offering are required. These should be taken into account in frameworks that are used in method and tool development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21)
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 16 Aug 202120 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN (Electronic)2732-527X


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED21
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  • Modularisation
  • Product architecture
  • Product variety management
  • Product structuring
  • Portfolio management

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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