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Similarity-based product configuration

: Schuh, Günther

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Procedia CIRP 17 (2014), S.290–295
ISSN: 2212-8271
Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) <47, 2014, Windsor>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IPT ()

In times of increasing market fragmentation, the ability to offer customized products at competitive prices is a crucial success factor for companies in mechanical engineering. Therefore, considering the benefits and expenses of product variants during the configuration process is a significant challenge. However, there is currently no systematic approach that would result in a product configuration that is similar to both, the internal standard variants and the customer requirements.
This paper introduces a methodology facing this challenge. The methodology allows companies to determine the “optimal configuration” of a product based on similarities between a new product variant and existing variants.