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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 161-166
Evaluation of Open-architecture Product Adaptability Using Quantitative Measures

Chao Zhao, Peihua Gu, Shantou University
Qingjin Peng, University of Manitoba

Abstract. Market competition and economic globalization have been the driving force of product innovation to meet variant consumer requirements. Effective design methods and right product architecture are essential to meet demands of today’s global marketplace in product quality, productivity and sustainability. A variety of strategies and methods have been proposed to achieve cost-effective solutions in the product development. An appropriate structure or architecture can enable products to meet different requirements of manufacturers and users. Product architecture affects the product configuration to meet operation functions, upgrading ability and flexibility to respond to the market change. Therefore, product design using appropriate architecture is vital to meet requirements of product changes in the process of product development and applications. Industrial products have experienced the development stages of mass production and mass customization. The personalized product is a trend to meet preference of the individual user in the global competition. Personalized products require the changeability of product functions and users’ involvement in the product design and implementation.

Keywords. Open-architecture product, product open index, Evaluation model, Product life cycle

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2015.161-166