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Modular Architecture is Gaining Focus among CAD and PLM Tools

By Jakob Åsell and Scott Jiran

Modular Management’s PALMA™ software provides key functionality for implementing Modular Architecture in CAD and PLM

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A Module Generation Algorithm for Product Architecture Based on Component Interactions and Strategic Drivers

By Fredrik Borjesson and Katja Hölttä-Otto

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Modular Function Deployment® Concepts: Modules

By Fredrik Borjesson

Modules that go beyond geometrical building blocks

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Modular Function Deployment® Concepts: QFD

By Fredrik Börjesson and Scott Jiran

The Generation of Modular Product Architecture Deploys a Pragmatic Version of Quality Function Deployment

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Modular Product Architecture and Lean: a Winning Synergy

By Anders Leine and Scott Jiran

The greatest benefits of Modular Product Architecture and Lean come from dual implementation

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Modular Product Architecture and Lean: Effectiveness and Capacity

By Anders Leine

Eliminate Waste by Improved Effectiveness and Increased Capacity through Modular Product Architecture and Lean

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Modularity: A Growing Management Tool because it Delivers Real Value

By Luther Johnson

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Part Number Count is a Useful Indicator for Complexity Cost

By John Niethammer, Ph.D.

The number of unique parts in a product platform impacts both Direct and Indirect Costs

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Approaches to Modularity in Product Architecture

By Gunnar Erixon

Modular product architecture is characterized by the existence of standardized interfaces between the physical building blocks. A module is a collection of technical solutions that perform a function, with interfaces selected for company-specific strategic reasons. Approaches to modularity are the structured methods by which modular product architectures are derived. The approaches include Modular Function Deployment (MFD), Design Structure Matrix (DSM), Function Structure Heuristics and many other, including hybrids. The thesis includes a survey of relevant theory and a discussion of four challenges in product architecture research, detailed in the appended papers.

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Modular Function Deployment - A Method for Product Modularization

By Fredrik Börjesson

Modular Management’s unique competence rests on a groundbreaking research project which resulted in a modularization model, Modular Function Deployment®.

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Modular Design Playbook

By Modular Management

Guidelines for modularization and product platforms is presented in the white paper Modular Design Playbook. Posted with permission from The Corporate Executive Board.

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Books

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Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design: Methods and Applications

By Simpson, T., Jiao, R., Siddique, Z., Hölttä-Otto, K. (eds)

Simpson, T., Jiao, R., Siddique, Z., Hölttä-Otto, K. (eds) Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014 ISBN 978-1-4614-7936-9 (printed), 978-1-4614-7937-6 (eBook) Library of Congress Control Number: 2013945755 Publishing date: September 13, 2013

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Controlling Design Variants: Modular Product Platforms

By Anna Ericsson, Gunnar Erixon

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Design for X, Concurrent Engineering Imperatives

By Edited by G. Q. Huang

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