In the following you will find selected references of aviations for the topics modular products, module sets, standardization and product-platforms.
Developing variety reduction solutions for a pre-defined catalogue for a first tier aviation supplier
Customer: a first tier aviation supplier
Our customer is a tier-1-supplier of high quality and weight optimized cabin interior
Initial situation: variety and variant definition random, potential future increase in complexity
The situation at the beginning of the project was such that the customer had started to develop a catalogue of different cabin monuments. However, the definition of the catalogue was non-transparent and distributed across a variety of documents. This caused the fact that the actual variety and definition of the required variants was still largely unknown. The solutions already developed were based on a small number of already identified variants. The impact of future variants on the technical solutions already developed was unknown. An increase in technical complexity was to be expected as there was a risk of having to develop a new solution for each new order.
Approach: portfolio analysis, analysis of internal and external variety, optimising product structure
The first step was analysing and structuring the documents that defined the catalogue. These contained many hundreds of pages of product descriptions, some in prose. From these documents, the variant product properties, the configuration rules and the resulting product variants were deduced. The portfolio to be offered was structured and visualized.
At the same time, the technical variety of the few solutions that had already been developed was analysed.
In collaboration with the developers, the relationships between the external variety and the internal variety of parts could be analysed: They established which customer request influences which components in what way.
Based on these analyses a product structure was defined that was optimized for the entire portfolio of many ten thousand variants offered and not only for the few products already delivered.
Furthermore, solutions to reduce the technical variety and to avoid creating new variants were developed.
Results: a structured portfolio with sensible product variants, a database to reduce complexity
After completing the project, the customer had a structured and complete overview of the portfolio which they had promised to pre-develop. In addition, it was possible for him and his client to delete those variants which weren’t needed.
The product properties used to define the portfolio also served as the basis for a classification system for variants at part level, which allowed rapid identification and re-use of existing solutions.
Furthermore, a database of solutions was developed to reduce complexity. Some of these solutions could be implemented straight away or are going to be implemented as part of the development of future variants.