The module cut: definition of a modular product architecture
During the module cut, individual components are summarized as modules with consideration of the entire product family. This process results in many questions for numerous companies: What is the right division into modules for our product? And: What is the right degree of modularity in order to achieve our company goals?
Being specialists in the area of modularization, we at MB Collaborations are familiar with the high number of methodological processes in order to define modular product architecture. Whether a technical, organizational or strategic focus stands at the center and whether developed by universities, consultants or companies: Together with you, we will select the right methodology among the multitude of processes and, if required, a suitable IT tool for your goals and your company with subsequent combined application. This way, a modular product architecture will be created which fits with your product and your strategic goals.
Process for the module cut
Initially, we will jointly identify the goals of your modular product architecture by integrating all the affected disciplines, such as Development, Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Purchasing, Production, Quality as well as Service and Maintenance.
Based on this foundation, we will select a process which is compatible with your goals and your company. In doing so, we will use common processes, combine and adjust them. Examples of common processes are
- Design Structure Matrix (DSM): Module grouping with technical orientation on the basis of interdependencies (mechanical, electrical etc.) between the individual components.
- Modular Function Deployment (MFD): Module grouping by means of module drivers with strategic orientation.
- Operation phase modularization: Creation of a modularization harmonized over the life cycle
- METUS®:Module grouping on the basis of connections between components and functions.
A detailed step-by-step guide to the DSM, as well as an overview of the remaining methods can be found in our guide:
The selected method or IT tool or combination thereof will be adjusted to your specific challenges and then implemented together with you. Based on this, we will create various modularization concepts, visualize and coordinate them. Afterwards, we will evaluate the concepts and the selection of modularization which will then undergo a final economic analysis. Finally, we will make all the necessary preparations for implementation together with you.
As a result, we have identified a target modularity which will support you in optimally reaching your strategic company goals. You will know the suitable modularization process for your company and for your goals which will enable you to group components to a modular product architecture. (Uncoupling and bundling specific scopes to modules will make your product more robust and flexible while your organization will work more cost-effectively.)
At a glance: the six steps of a module cut
At MB Collaborations, we divide the process for a module cut into the following six steps:
Step 1: Identification of the goals of modularization while integrating all disciplines
Step 2: Selection of an approach compatible with your goals and your company
Step 3: Adjustment of existing processes for the individual challenge
Step 4: Application of the individual processes, which means creation, visualization and coordination of different modularization concepts
Step 5: Evaluation of concepts and selection of final modularization
Step 6: Preparation of operational implementation
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