Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 1069–1083 | Cite as

A method for product platform planning based on pruning analysis and attribute matching

  • Qiuhua Zhang
  • Weiping Peng
  • Jin LeiEmail author
  • Junhao Dou
  • Xiangyang Hu
  • Rui Jiang


Product platform planning can greatly support product variant design, which is of great help to the implementation of mass customization (MC). In most of product platform planning methods, product modules and product families have been usually preplanned before products are designed, which would not make full use of the existing product resources. In this paper, we propose a method for product platform planning using the existing product data in product lifecycle management (PLM) database. The proposed method introduces two key technologies, i.e., pruning analysis and attribute matching. The pruning analysis is used to find out the sharing parts of different product families, which constitutes the basic framework of product platform; the attribute matching is used to classify product modules into different categories according to their sharing degrees, which reveals the relationships of different product modules and forms the association rules of product platform. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by the product data in the PLM database of a valve company. The proposed method greatly improves the reuse rate of existing product resources, providing an effective and fast way for enterprises to implement the MC strategy.


Product platform Mass customization PLM database Pruning analysis Attribute matching 



Product lifecycle management


Mass customization


Bill of material


Product structure tree


Product family structure trees


Basic module


Must-selected module


May-selected module


Private product module


Families sharing product module


Series sharing product module


Global sharing product module


Longest consecutive identical structure segment from the first node

List of symbols


Product series \(m, m\in N^{+}\)


Product family \(N_{i}\) of product series \(P^{i}, N_i \in N^{+}\)


The total number of product family in an enterprise


Product family structure tree \(N_{k}\), of product series \(P^{k}\)


Product structure chain table \(N_{k}\), of product series \(P^{k}\)


Minimum structure tree


Structure chain \(n, n\in N^{+}\)


The code of function \(n, n\in N^{+}\)


Product module n of product series \(P^{i}\)


The PrMs of product series \(P^{i}\)


The FSMs of product series \(P^{i}\)


The SSMs of product series \(P^{i}\)


The function code of product module \(M_{i}\)

S / F / P

The structure/function/process parameter of a product module



Funding was provided by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 51275362), National Science and Technology Major Projetcs (Grant no. 2014ZX04015021).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qiuhua Zhang
    • 1
  • Weiping Peng
    • 1
  • Jin Lei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junhao Dou
    • 1
  • Xiangyang Hu
    • 1
  • Rui Jiang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Power and Mechanical EngineeringWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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