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Pakkanen, J., Heikkinen, T., Adlin, N., Lehtonen, T., Mämmelä, J., & Juuti, T. (2021). SUPPORT FOR MANAGING PARTLY CONFIGURABLE MODULAR SYSTEMS. Proceedings of the Design Society, 1, 2791-2800. doi:10.1017/pds.2021.540

Support for managing partly configurable modular systems

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Author: Jarkko, Pakkanen1; Teuvo, Heikkinen2; Nillo, Adlin1;
Organizations: 1Tampere University
2Konecranes Oyj
3University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-30


The paper studies what kind of support could be applied to the management of partly configurable modular systems. The main tasks of product management, product portfolio management and product variety management are defined. In addition, a partly configurable product structure and modular system are defined. Because the limited support in the literature for managing partly configurable modular systems, the article reviews previous product development cases in which authors have been involved on lessons learnt basis, i.e., if the methods and tools used in the cases could provide support for the research objective. As a result, the existing definition of the modular system should be extended by the concepts of non-module and design decision sequence description when dealing with partly configurable modular systems. This is because engineer-to-order should be made possible in cases where it brings clear added value to the customer compared to completely pre-defined solutions that may limit the customer’s interest in the offering. Tools to assess the impact of changes to the product offering are required. These should be taken into account in frameworks that are used in method and tool development.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society
ISSN: 2732-527X
ISSN-E: 2732-527X
ISSN-L: 2732-527X
Issue: ICED21
Pages: 2791 - 2800
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.540
Host publication: Proceedings of the Design Society, 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2021, 16th - 20th August 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference: International Conference on Engineering Design
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press. his is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.