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A Network Based Dynamic Model for Product Family Evolution

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Kijung Park, Gül E. Okudan Kremer

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Paper No. DETC2014-35446, pp. V004T06A027; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4635-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Products evolve over time to follow new customer needs and technologies. Although the proper estimation of future products has been regarded as a critical issue for business success, it has not been widely discussed in an analytical way. Focusing on the evolution of a product family, this paper aims to develop a dynamic model which can effectively show the structural changes of a product family over time. The proposed model is based on a network representing the structural architecture of a product family. This model employs the concept of Fitness Model [1], where nodes in a certain system have their own fitness values to represent the degree of gaining edges with new nodes. The dynamic model proposed in this paper would be a basis for the estimation of product family evolution; it is potentially effective to simulate possible future structures of a product family according to different platform leveraging strategies.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Dynamic models



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