A Metric for Evaluating Design Commonality in Product Families

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Sridhar Kota

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109e-mail: kota@engin.umich.edu

Kannan Sethuraman

School of Business Administration, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Raymond Miller

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109e-mail: ramill@engin.umich.edu

J. Mech. Des 122(4), 403-410 (Jun 01, 1998) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1320820 History: Received June 01, 1998
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Function diagram of non-product differentiating functions of a walman cassette player
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Four of many members of the Sony Walkman family of products demonstrating 87% part commonality in non-product differentiating functions. FX-221 costs about twice as much as EX-122 in retail market. (See Tables 1 and 2)




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