Multiple Perspectives, Hierarchical Module Division Method A Case Study

Zheng-yao Wang; Qing-sen Xie
November 2013
Journal of Applied Sciences;2013, Vol. 13 Issue 22, p5120
Academic Journal
As the main way of realizing product diversification, modular design technology has been widely used in more and more industry. Module division method is the key to the modular design technology, reasonable and effective module division is of important significance for the entire product design and manufacturing, which has become a research focus at home and abroad. Module division is that according to the principles of module division, the product are divided into a number of basic units from different perspectives and finally the units are clustered as product module using clustering method. The purpose of this paper is to provide a new method of module division based on the multi-perspective and hierarchical characters in dividing a product into different modules. In this method products are divided into a series of functions units based on users' demand; then correlation matrix is defined according to the specific needs of the users, finally the functional units are clustered into modules, the division result is embodied in a hierarchy which is not referred in previous researches. A case study methodology was employed to gain insight on how the new method is achieved in Cabinet Office Furniture module division. The findings of the case study suggest that the validity and practicability of the module division method.


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