Masters Theses


"Many companies are trying to generate product variants through platforming to cater to diverse customer needs in a cost effective fashion. Although product platforming may provide a cost effective solution, platforming may also render undesirable degradation in the individual product variant performance. Creating product variants based on multiple platforms instead of a single platform can be adopted as a strategy to reduce this performance degradation. In this paper, a methodology is proposed to determine the optimal number of scalable platforms needed for creating known product variants by considering the trade off between cost effectiveness and performance degradation. The solution methodology also provides values for common and scalable design variables for each of the platform formed. The objective function is defined as minimization of the weighted demand and total costs of providing each variant. The total cost is a function of cost of the product and the cost associated with performance loss due to platforming. The cost of performance loss is estimated using the Taguchi loss function. The application of the methodology is demonstrated using the case of a family of axial piston pumps. This case of axial piston pumps presented in this study is new to the product platforming literature and one that can be potentially used as a benchmark problem by other researchers in the field to test the efficacy of scalable product platforming approaches existing in the literature"--Abstract, page iv.


Allada, Venkat

Committee Member(s)

Krishnamurthy, K.
Myers, Donald D., 1939-2009


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Partial support for this work came from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0325415.


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Summer 2006


xii, 64 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-32).


© 2006 Shivaraj Narayana Bhandare, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Concurrent engineering
New products -- Management
Product management -- Case studies
Production planning -- Case studies

Thesis Number

T 9028

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