Product architecture development enabling integrated re-design of mechanical products

R.E. Begelinger, E. Post, F.J.A.M. van Houten, H.J.J. Kals

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Global competition forces companies to increase their competitive advantage. The design process represents an interesting area to improve the overall business performance. There are two topics involved in improving the design process. The first one is the integration of constraints from the product life cycle in the design process. The second one is the improvement of the ability to judge the influence of a certain design decision quickly. Both topics are dealt with in this paper by describing the new concept of the Product Configuration Structure (PCS). The PCS is used to represent different product configurations with respect to functions, means, components and production methods in a structured way. The product configuration structure serves as a product information backbone in an integrated re-design tool called PROFIDT. To create a better integration of the flow-based function structure and the hierarchical component structure a new concept of connection functions is introduced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Process Knowledge into Design Support Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1999 CIRP International Design Seminar, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, 24–26 March, 1999
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-1901-8
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-5199-8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 1999
Event1999 CIRP International Design Seminar - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 24 Mar 199926 Mar 1999


Conference1999 CIRP International Design Seminar


  • Product configuration
  • Product structuring
  • Product family


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