Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 59–75 | Cite as

A multi-criteria assessment tool for screening preliminary product platform concepts

  • Kevin OttoEmail author
  • Katja Hölttä-Otto


Platform concept evaluation is a more challenging task than evaluating a single product concept since a platform must effectively support multiple product variants over a prolonged period of time. Existing platform methods develop specific criteria in depth, yet an evaluation of alternative platforms should be based on a broad set of criteria. Based on expert interviews, personal experience, and a literature search we propose a platform assessment tool consisting of 19 criteria for platform evaluation. The criteria are group into six categories: customer satisfaction, variety, after-sale, organization, flexibility, and complexity. The tool is focused on the early platform architecture phase, before proof-of-concept prototyping. However, it can also be used subsequently for platform refinement when more data becomes available. We demonstrate our platform assessment tool through an example with a cordless drill platform.


Modularity Platform Concept selection System engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robust Systems and StrategyTauntonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthDartmouthUSA

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