Product variety analysis based on reconfiguration process

A. H.M. Shamsuzzoha, Petri T. Helo

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Mass production is no longer a competitive advantage for firms nowadays. Global firms are pushed to introduce as many product varieties as possible due to ever increasing trend towards customized products. Developing customized products become the major pathway to gain market gain and earn more revenues. However, this principle is not an easy and cost effective paradigm for most manufacturing organizations. Several innovative strategies such as; components commonality, modularization, standardization etc. could be adopted for enhancing product varieties within minimum cost and higher quality that satisfy customers needs. In this paper, we have investigated through an example and explained how commonality issue influences on developing product-mix with reduced cost and higher quality. The outcomes from this example show that more commonality index for any parts, more suitable that parts for making variety. We also applied design structure matrix (DSM) methodology to making better orderings of tasks and creating modules that helps to create product variety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-173
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Technology Research
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Agile Supply and Demand Network (ASDN)
  • Components commonality
  • Design Structure Matrix (DSM) tool
  • Mass customization
  • Product variety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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