DS 48: Proceedings DESIGN 2008, the 10th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2008
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Bischof, A.; Blessing, L.
Section: Design for X
Page(s): 289 - 300


Flexibility is often suggested as a useful approach for companies in fast changing environments to stay competitive. This flexibility does not only include flexible manufacturing systems, flexible processes but also flexible products, which enable easy adaptation to the diverse and fast changing customer requirements. In this paper design guidelines are proposed that support the development of flexible products. They are derived form different DfX topics as e.g. Design for Flexibility (DfF), Design for Modularisation (DfM) and Design for Adapatability (DfA). For better understanding and memorability the guidelines are presented graphically.

Keywords: flexibility, product development, guidelines, methodology


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