Our Platform Architecture initiative (PA) has helped companies to determine optimal product families, and choose the best subsystems to be shared by products within the family.

If a company produces only a few simple products, it can successfully develop each independently of the others. But as a company increases the number and complexity of its products, it maximizes effectiveness by evolving from a product-by-product approach to a system approach.

The result is a family of products based on common technologies and subsystems.

Recent Submissions

  • Platform Architecture A Two-Level Optimization Approach ?

    de Weck, Olivier; Suh, Eun Suk (2002-10-03)
    Introduction to Platform Architecture in Products VW Golf 2 -Automotive Platforming Example:A Two-Level Optimization Approach 3 -Discussion
  • Architecting Option Content ?

    Otto, Kevin (2000)
    This paper presents an approach to determine the proper number of levels required on independent product architectural attributes, given their ability to generate added revenue through more direct targeting to smaller ...
  • Modularization to Support Multiple Brand Platforms ?

    Agus, Sudjianto; Otto, Kevin (2001-09-09)
    Methods to determine acceptable architecture for multiple platforms supporting multiple brands must represent both platform cost saving commonization as well as revenue enhancing brand distinctions. Functional architecting ...

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