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An Investigation of Impact of the Product Family Design on the Shop Floor Performance

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Hakan U. Artar, Gül Okudan

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Paper No. DETC2008-50094, pp. 25-34; 10 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 13th Design for Manufacturability and the Lifecycle Conference; 5th Symposium on International Design and Design Education; 10th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4329-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


While many approaches have been proposed to optimize the product family design for measures of cost, revenue and performance, many of these approaches fail to incorporate the complexity of the manufacturing issues into family design decision-making. One of these issues is different approaches for assembly sequencing. This paper presents a computer simulation study by which the impact of two postponement strategies is investigated for a real-life product family case under various demand conditions. Overall, the results indicate that when the product family design takes into account the assembly sequencing decisions, the outcomes at the shop floor level improve. The results have implications for companies that are looking into increasing their revenue without increasing their investment in the shop floor.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Design



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