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Analyzing three modularizing methodologies from assembly and variety viewpoints
IIE Annual Conference (2008)
  • Saraj Gupta, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Gül E. Kremer, Iowa State University
Several modularization methodologies exist in literature, but each is optimized based on certain criteria. This
research compares three well-known modularizing methods by analyzing them from a variety and assembly
viewpoint. These methodologies include: Function Heuristic Method, Behavioral-driven Function-Environment-
Structure framework, and Decomposition Approach. Methodologies are compared using Oral-B Dual Clean
electronic toothbrush design as input. It is observed that by applying same inputs to the methodologies, resultant
modules obtained were different for each methodology. Our hypothesis for comparison is the method offering
highest ease of assembly, and accommodating variety to meet future customer needs is the most efficient.
Decomposition Approach is observed to be most efficient methodology.
  • Modularity,
  • comparison,
  • assembly,
  • variety
Publication Date
This is a proceeding published as Gupta, Saraj, and Gül E. Okudan. "Analyzing three modularizing methodologies from assembly and variety viewpoints." In IIE Annual Conference. Proceedings, p. 1660. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2008. Posted with permission.
Citation Information
Saraj Gupta and Gül E. Kremer. "Analyzing three modularizing methodologies from assembly and variety viewpoints" IIE Annual Conference (2008)
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