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Modularization Method for Adaptable Products

[+] Author Affiliations
Lieke Arts, Magdalena K. Chmarra, Tetsuo Tomiyama

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Paper No. DETC2008-49338, pp. 193-202; 10 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 20th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Second International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4328-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Adaptable products are gaining interests. Those products are able to adapt themselves to new environments, new states or new user defined tasks. There is not yet a standard design methodology for designing those products. This paper focuses on making large complex products (e.g. printers) more adaptable. Large-scale complex systems need to have modular architecture to some extent in order for engineers to be able to clearly comprehend the product. Therefore, a method to cluster components of an adaptable system is developed based on Design Structure Matrix (DSM) which stores information about connections between components. For each scenario or action plan to perform adaptability, the importance of component interconnections is rated in a separate DSM structure. By combining the original DSM with the adaptability DSM the engineers can group components. Finally, an example of a coffee maker is illustrated.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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