Product Configurations in Terms of Mass Customized Assembly Systems
In current production and business environment many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) apply strategy of mass customization (MC). They do so in order to draw the attention of potential customers, by offering a high level of product customization. The product differentiation in context of mass-customized production (MCP) brings massive changes into facility operations, fundamentally influences the character and substance of assembly processes which causes significant changes in assembly complexity. This paper firstly presents a methodological framework for generation of product configurations depending on the composition and number of initial assembly components, subsequently, a procedure for assessment of configuration complexity is proposed. The presented methodological framework is further applied on a specific model of customized assembly of washing machines where the configuration complexity is further compared with generally applicable Shannon`s (entropic) structural complexity.
Vladimír Modrák, Pavol Semančo and Michal Balog
V. Modrak and S. Bednar, "Product Configurations in Terms of Mass Customized Assembly Systems", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 718, pp. 245-250, 2015