A product family is a set of products that are derived from common sets of parts, interfaces, and processes, known as the product platform. To reduce development time and procurement and operating costs of product platform-based variants, the product platform can be designed after consideration of several characteristics, such as modularity, flexibility, sustainability, and complexity. In this paper, the product platform is viewed from the perspective of system architecting. The architectural complexities of both the platform and its variants, which together constitute a product family, can be quantitatively assessed using a specifically tailored metric. This will aid system architects in designing product platforms and resulting product variants with an emphasis on reducing complexity. Architectural complexity management is demonstrated through a case study of a train bogie platform.
Analysis of Architectural Complexity for Product Family and Platform
Contributed by the Design Automation Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received October 14, 2015; final manuscript received April 9, 2016; published online May 16, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Carolyn Seepersad.
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Kim, G., Kwon, Y., Suh, E. S., and Ahn, J. (May 16, 2016). "Analysis of Architectural Complexity for Product Family and Platform." ASME. J. Mech. Des. July 2016; 138(7): 071401. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4033504
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