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Towards Modeling the Evolution of Product Families



Fujun Wang, Steven J. Fenves, Sudarsan Rachuri, Ram D. Sriram


A strategy successfully used by manufacturing companies is to develop product families so as to offer a variety of products with reduced development costs. This paper introduces our initial research on the representation of the evolution of product families and of the rationale of the changes involved. The information model representing product families is an extension of the NIST Core Product Model and consists of three sub-models: Product Family, Family Evolution, and Evolution Rationale. In addition, an Unified Modeling Language (UML)-based representation and a prototype implementation of the conceptual model are introduced.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of CIE03 2003 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Conference Dates
September 2-6, 2003
Conference Location
Chicago, IL


: Product Modeling, Design Evolution, Design Rationale, Product Derivation, Product Family, Product Variety


Wang, F. , Fenves, S. , Rachuri, S. and Sriram, R. (2003), Towards Modeling the Evolution of Product Families, Proceedings of CIE03 2003 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, [online], (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created June 1, 2003, Updated February 17, 2017