Development of a Configure-to-Order-based process for the implementation of modular product architectures: A case study

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Seiler, Florian Michael; Greve, Erik; Krause, Dieter
Series: ICED
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Section: Product Architecture and Modularization
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ISSN: 2220-4342


As todays? global market trends lead to an increasing demand for individualised products, manufacturers need to cope with a high degree of internal and external variety, which has a severe impact on complexity and therefore -costs. When implementing modular product architectures, it becomes obvious, that the actual Engineer-to-Order (ETO) processes cannot cope with the requirements of such a product architecture. It is crucial to develop a complying Configure-to-Order (CTO) process in order to make full use of its suppled benefits. As there is no existing approach about how to methodically change an existing ETO process into an adequate CTO process, we intend to fill this gap with this paper by showing an approach for the development of a CTO process for modular product architectures. Furthermore, we show the application and evaluation of this approach in a case study with a special equipment manufacturer (SME), that is already implementing modular architectures.

Keywords: Configure-to-order, Organizational processes, Process modelling, Product architecture, Modularisation


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