A multiattribute utility theory-based method for product line selection

Henri J. Thevenot, Elizabeth D. Steva, Gül E. Okudan, Timothy W. Simpson

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This paper presents a method based on multiattribute utility theory (MAUT) that facilitates the selection of a product line. The method helps select the subset of products to manufacture based on criteria at the: (1) product level (e.g., manufacturing cost, profit); and (2) product family level (e.g., commonality, component reuse, variety, market coverage). An example involving a family of staplers is used to demonstrate the method and to provide a well-documented engineering application of MAUT in product family design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1179-1184
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design - Transactions of the ASME
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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