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Developing manufacturing response models to predict the manufacturability of new modular products

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Product developers usually rely on their experience and knowledge during the design process to generate manufacturable products that can fulfill the required functions. Product developers make various decisions during the course of developing a modular product that affect the functional, physical, and operational structures, which either enhance or reduce the manufacturability of the products. This paper proposes constructing manufacturing response models by modeling the behavior of the manufacturability as a response to the series of decisions made during the design process. The manufacturability response models are mathematical models used to relate the product manufacturability to the different metrics used to quantify the results of the design decisions made during the development life cycle. Decisions made during the design process includes specifying the product functionalities needed to meet customer needs, the physical components capable of delivering the required functionalities, and the manufacturing processes needed to produce the physical components. Manufacturing response models can be used by product developers to predict the effect of the decisions made during the course of developing a modular product on the final modular product manufacturability. Furthermore, this paper demonstrates the construction of the manufacturing response models and their usage in new product design by using an illustrative example.

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Salhieh, S.M. Developing manufacturing response models to predict the manufacturability of new modular products. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 39, 599–611 (2008).

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  • Product development
  • Modular products
  • Manufacturability
  • Response models
  • Functional structure
  • Physical structure