Product family modeling for mass customization

Jianxin Jiao, Mitchell M. Tseng, Vincent G. Duffy, Fuhua Lin

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With growing reliance on modeling in product development, it is imperative to describe product families in a cohesive way. In particular, mass customization calls for a close integration of product life cycle from customer recognition to delivery and services. This paper proposes a triple-view scheme for modeling product families. Technical challenges are discussed by comparing product family modeling with modeling single products. Individual modeling formalisms for different views are discussed. An example of product family modeling in power supply design is presented to illustrate the feasibility and potential of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-498
Number of pages4
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Engineering data management
  • Mass customization
  • Product engineering
  • Product family


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