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Appended Papers

This part of the thesis provides a list of the appended papers. These papers constitute an important part of this thesis and all with the exception of paper B have been presented by the author at international conferences on engineering design and design methodology. A brief description is given of the papers regarding their intention and content as well as of the different authors’ contributions to each paper. The papers are listed in a chronological order. A more detailed positioning and references to the papers is provided in the presentation of the research results in chapter 5 of this thesis.

Paper A

Claesson, A., Johannesson, H., Gedell, S. (2001). Platform Product Development: Product Model. A System Structure Composed of Configurable Components. Proceedings of DETC’01. ASME 2001 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 9-12, 2001. Paper No. DETC2001/DTM-21714.

Paper B

Johannesson, H., Claesson, A. (2002). Systematic Product Platform Design. A Combined Function-Means and Parametric Modeling Approach. Journal of Engineering Design, Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2005, pp. 25-43.

Paper C

Claesson, A., Gedell, S. (2003). Product Description Using Configurable Components. Proceedings of ICED’03. International Conference on Engineering Design, Stockholm, August 19-21, 2003.

Paper D

Claesson, A., Bengtsson, B-O. (2004). Towards a Configurable Manufacturing System Model. In Proceedings of the 5th international symposium on Tools and Methods for Competitive Engineering – TMCE2004, April 12-16, 2004, Lausanne, Switzerland, Eds. Horvath, I., Xirouchakis, P., Vol. 2, Millipress, Rotterdam, pp. 753-763.

Paper E

Berglund, F., Claesson, A. (2005) Utilising the concept of a design’s bandwidth to achieve product platform effectiveness. International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), August 15-18, Melbourne Australia.

Paper F

Claesson, A., Rosvall, B., Johannesson, H. (2005) Capturing design knowledge of robust designs using configurable components. Proceedings of IDETC/CIE, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers in Engineering Conference, September 24-28, Long Beach, California, USA.

Paper G

Claesson, A., Johannesson, H. (2006) Integrated and configurable product and manufacturing models. International Design Conference, May 15-18, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Paper A introduces the concept of a system structure based on configurable components. The first author, Anders Claesson, contributed the main aspects on this concept and wrote the paper. Hans Johannesson contributed knowledge concerning the theory of domains (the chromosome model) and the information model based on function-means trees. Stellan Gedell together with Anders Claesson detailed the concept of configurable components and took part in the implementation of this concept in an operative environment at Saab Automobile.

Paper B introduces a methodological approach for application and use of the combined modeling using function-means trees and configurable components. Hans Johannesson outlined the methodological approach in general and specifically regarding the function-means tree. Anders Claesson contributed the configurable component concept and methodological approach to its application. Both authors wrote the paper jointly.

Paper C presents the introduction of the concepts of configurable components in the core product description system used for development of a new car at Saab Automobile. Anders Claesson wrote the paper and provided the detailing of the concepts. Stellan Gedell did most of the work with respect to the examples provided. Both authors jointly analyzed the experiences from the implementation of the concepts in an operative development environment.

Paper D extends the need for configurable product representations to the manufacturing systems models. Anders Claesson wrote the paper and provided the framework for an integrated view on product and process models. Bengt-Olof Bengtsson provided experiences from the manufacturing engineering domain. Both authors jointly worked on detailed issues regarding the configurable manufacturing systems model presented.

Paper E presents an exploratory study based on experiences and findings in two strands of research work performed by the two authors over some years. A slow change in the development task for a design engineer has evolved over time and is presented in the paper. Furthermore, the concept of design bandwidth is introduced and put into a context of platform-based product development where a co-optimization of product variety and resource commonality is a necessary but difficult problem to master. An extended development framework centered on the function-means approach that is extended with the addition of the configurable component concept and identification of variable influence factors is outlined in the paper. The paper was jointly written by the two authors.

Paper F represents a continuation and deepening of the definition, reasoning, and utilization of the configurable component concept that was introduced in paper A. Anders Claesson is the main author of the paper. Björn Rosvall is an experienced systems engineer, who was instrumental in the case study of the practical applicability of the configurable component concept as a supportive design tool and method. Hans Johannesson provided valuable input regarding currently established design methods and the relationship with these and the work presented in the paper.

Paper G has two main purposes. First, it is intended as a continuation and deepening of the extension of the configurable component concept to include the manufacturing system development domain. Second, it provides an extended contextual framework with the introduction of a framework that covers the product, production, and sales domains in an integrated model. Anders Claesson is the main author of the paper and Hans Johannesson participated in the dialog regarding the positioning of the concepts introduced and presented.

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