Modularity and Supporting Tools and Methods

  • Josip Stjepandić
  • Egon Ostrosi
  • Alain-Jérôme Fougères
  • Martin Kurth


The paradigm of modularity has emerged as a relevant way to meet customer requirements with a wide range of variety and customisation of products, from unique to standard ones. The modularity area is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, which implies holistic and articulated concurrent engineering approaches. Modularity can intersect technical aspects with the business aspects. The use of modular technology has wide-reaching implications for any design and development company that undertake to use this paradigm. This chapter provides a framework for understanding the modularity in the context of concurrent engineering. It involves design for modularity as well as management of modularity. Theoretical and practical development of consistent modular methods, their implementation technologies and tools for mass customization and product configuration are examined. Some of the possible implications of these developments are presented from concurrent engineering point of view. The current trend is drawn toward usage and integration of different technologies such as advanced CAD systems, product configurators, agent-based systems and PDM systems. Three particular application areas with industrial use cases are presented. A discussion about research challenges and further developments closes this chapter.


Modularity Modular design Product variety Mass customisation Product platform Product configurator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josip Stjepandić
    • 1
  • Egon Ostrosi
    • 2
  • Alain-Jérôme Fougères
    • 2
  • Martin Kurth
    • 3
  1. 1.PROSTEP AGDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Université de Technologie de Belfort-MontbeliardBelfortFrance
  3. 3.RAYCE EURLLörrachGermany

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