Implications of k-best modular product design solutions to global manufacturing

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The recent trends in modularization facilitate the automation of product design leveraging digital design repository in global manufacturing environment. This paper proposes a method to find k-best designs. We formulate the problem using integer programming to obtain the optimal solution, and use cutting planes to find the next best solution. k-best design solutions provide manufacturers or product designers with more holistic view on the feasible solution space than the sole optimal solution. The k-best solutions help suppliers assess the competitiveness of their modules. We show how k-best design solutions can be utilized in product design practices through a case study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 16 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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