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Platform-Based Product Design and Development: Knowledge Support Strategy and Implementation



XuanFang Zha, Ram D. Sriram


This chapter presents a knowledge intensive support paradigm for platform-based product family design and development. The background and current research status related to platform-based product development and product family design is first reviewed. Then, the fundamental issues underlying the product family design are discussed. A module-based integrated product family design scheme is proposed with knowledge support for customer requirements modeling, product architecture modeling, product platform establishment, product family generation, and product assessment. A systematic methodology and the relevant technologies are investigated and developed for knowledge modeling and support in the product family design process. An information and knowledge-modeling framework is developed for the module-based product family design scheme. The issues and requirements related to develop knowledge intensive support system for module-based product family design are also addressed.
Theme volumes on Business and Technology in the New MillennBusiness ium
Publisher Info
Kluwer Academic Press,


knowledge support, modular design, product architecture, product family, product platform


Zha, X. and Sriram, R. (2004), Platform-Based Product Design and Development: Knowledge Support Strategy and Implementation, Kluwer Academic Press, , [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created December 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021