Lot size one is a customer’s dream, but a designer’s nightmare. Today’s designers are confronted with two conflicting drivers:
- Offering more product variety to increase market share
- Reducing the costs
The reason for this conflict is to be found in ‘variety-driven complexity costs’: costs of making variant 1 and variant 2 is greater than costs of making variant 1 + costs of making variant 2.
One way to reduce variety-driven complexity costs is to build product variants on top of the same (hardware) platform, in order to reduce assembly and development costs for the complete product family.
This project intends to support production companies in the creation of a (set of) hardware platforms to maximally reduce the complexity costs, using a systematic method supported by a prototype tool. The approach will be based on a variant of activity-based costing (ABC).
Software tool providers could extend their design software portfolio by implementing such a method (and/or further maturing the prototype tools).
The goal of this project (Harplades_icon) is to create a method and a tool/algorithm that supports designers when designing a (set of) platform(s) for a given product family. The method consists of 4 steps:
- Find major architectural decisions
- Build complexity cost models in favour of architectural decisions
- Build performance models in favour of architectural decisions
- Perform Sensitivity Analysis with respect to performance and cost (value)
More in detail, via this project we will:
- Create a method that allows product family designers to estimate heuristic and/or analytic complexity cost models that allow to qualitatively or quantitatively estimate variety-driven complexity costs, and allow companies to choose between heuristic/analytic method depending on their concrete situation.
- Create a method that allows product family designers to estimate the effect of major architectural decisions on the product’s performance/value.
- Create a method to select values for the most important platform design decisions.
- Demonstrate this method on a generic and industrially relevant use case.
Harplades_ICON is an Industrial Research ICON project. We are looking for companies to join the User Group and work with us on the valorisation of the project.
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