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Fractal product design - design for assembly and disassembly in a fractal factory

: Kahmeyer, M.; Schneider, W.-D.; Warnecke, H.-J.

Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc., Wakefield/Ri.:
International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly 1994
Wakefield/Ri., 1994
International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly <1994, Newport/Ri.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Demontage; demontagegerechte Produktgestaltung; design for assembly; design for disassembly; Fractal Factory; Fraktale Fabrik; Fraktale Produktionsentwicklung; Kraftfahrzeug; lean production; Montage; montagegerechte Konstruktion; montagegerechte Produktgestaltung; product design; recycling

The concept of a "Fractal Factory" based upon self-corresponding and self-organizing units in a dynamic and vigorous structure has been introduced by IPA as an integrating strategy for corporate restructuring in addition to the Japanese approach of Lean Production. Consequently, a methodology for Fractal Product Design incorporating the concepts of design for functionality, design for efficiency, design for manufacture and assembly as well as design for disassembly and recycling in a Cooperative Engineering framework has been developed at IPA. Examples of fractal product design projects including domestic appliances and automobiles illustrate the impact of fractal corporate reengineering towards modular product structures in a fractal product design approach.