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Analyzing module commonality for platform design using dendrograms

Hölttä-Otto, Katja and Tang, Victor and Otto, Kevin (2008) Analyzing module commonality for platform design using dendrograms. Research in Engineering Design, 19 (2-3). pp. 127-141. ISSN 0934-9839. doi:10.1007/s00163-008-0044-3.

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The key to defining a good platform is to identify the common modules that will be shared among products. We develop a quantitative algorithm to identify common sets of elements within a product, as well as, across products. We show a quantitative way of measuring module commonality. We specify commonality based on a Euclidean distance that compares different modules' inputs and outputs. We cluster modules based on their measured commonality and use dendrograms as a tool to identify groups of similar modules in a product family at the architectural phase of product design. We present the results of the application of our method on a hypothetical example and a real case study.

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Additional Information:© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008. Received: 2 October 2005 / Accepted: 17 September 2007 / Published online: 7 October 2008.
Subject Keywords:platform; module; product architecture; commonality; dendrogram
Issue or Number:2-3
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:29 Apr 2009 22:41
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