Modular-Based Platform Planning for Product Family
It is crucial to solve the conflict scale economies and product variety for product family plan. Therefore, from the view of functional parameters and structural characteristics of product family, a strategy was studied to work on product variety optimization and modular platform-based design based on similarity analysis. First of all, PCA (Principal Component Analysis) was performed to identify the key functional parameters. And then, a cluster analysis and a similarity analysis were carried out to provide a similar estimation for the products. Finally, according to the comprehensive analysis it would be helpful to layout the modular platform.
Yi-Min Deng, Aibing Yu, Weihua Li and Di Zheng
L. Fan et al., "Modular-Based Platform Planning for Product Family", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 37-38, pp. 693-696, 2010