Product Platform and Product Family Design

Methods and Applications

  • Timothy W. Simpson
  • Zahed Siddique
  • Jianxin Roger Jiao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Platform-Based Product Family Development

    1. Timothy W. Simpson, Zahed Siddique, Jianxin Roger Jiao
      Pages 1-15
  3. Front-End Issues Related to Platform-Based Product Family Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Johannes I. M. Halman, Adrian P. Hofer, Wim van Vuuren
      Pages 27-47
    3. Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto
      Pages 49-72
    4. Tucker J. Marion, Timothy W. Simpson
      Pages 73-90
    5. Jianxin Roger Jiao, Yiyang Zhang
      Pages 91-106
    6. Henri J. Thevenot, Timothy W. Simpson
      Pages 107-129
  4. Optimization Methods to Support Platform-Based Product Family Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Ryan Fellini, Michael Kokkolaras, Panos Y. Papalambros
      Pages 157-185
    3. Kikuo Fujita
      Pages 186-223
    4. Michael Kokkolaras, Ryan Fellini, Harrison M. Kim, Panos Y. Papalambros
      Pages 225-240
    5. Olivier L. de Weck
      Pages 241-301
  5. Back-End Issues Related to Platform-Based Product Family Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Sebastian K. Fixson
      Pages 305-334
    3. Jaeil Park, Timothy W. Simpson
      Pages 335-358
    4. Jianxin Roger Jiao, Lianfeng Zhang, Shaligram Pokharel
      Pages 377-402
    5. Zahed Siddique, Manojkumar Natarajan
      Pages 403-419
    6. Christopher B. Williams, Janet K. Allen, David. W. Rosen, Farrokh Mistree
      Pages 421-455
  6. Applications of Platform-Based Product Family Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Srinivas Nidamarthi, Harshavardhan Karandikar
      Pages 475-498
    3. Gregory M. Roach, Jordan J. Cox
      Pages 499-512
    4. Tobias Holmqvist, Magnus Persson, Karin Uller
      Pages 513-527
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 529-548

About this book


Today's highly competitive and volatile marketplace is reshaping the way many companies do business. Rapid innovation and mass customization offer a new form of competitive advantage. In response, companies like Sony, Black & Decker, and Kodak have successfully implemented strategies to design and develop an entire family of products based on a common product platform to satisfy a wide variety of customer requirements and leverage economies of scale and scope.

Designing products and product families so that they may be customized for the global marketplace and achieving these goals in an abbreviated time period, while maintaining mass production efficiencies, is the key to successful manufacturing operations. Research in this area has matured rapidly over the last decade, and "Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods and Applications" discusses how product platform and product family design can be used successfully to:

- Increase variety within a product line,

- Shorten manufacturing lead times, and

- Reduce overall costs within a product line.

The material available here serves as both a reference and a hands-on guide for researchers and practitioners devoted to the design, planning and production of families of products. Included are real-life case studies that explain the benefits of platform-based product development.


architecture capacity design development innovation management manufacturing mass customization platform design product design product development product family design production pruduction efficiency technology roadmap

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy W. Simpson
    • 1
  • Zahed Siddique
    • 2
  • Jianxin Roger Jiao
    • 3
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  3. 3.School of Mechanical and Aeropace EngineeringNanyang Technology UniversitySingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-25721-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-29197-0
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