A DSM Clustering Method for Product and Service Modularization

Omar Ezzat*, Khaled Medini, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Xavier Boucher, Thomas Ditlev Brunø, Kjeld Nielsen, Xavier Delorme

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Many manufacturers are in the process of evolving from mass production to mass customization to cope with the increasing diversity of customer requirements. This induces an increasing complexity resulting from the high variety offered to customers. This problem is heightened by integrating product and service within the same offering. Modularity is considered as a driver for reducing complexity while increasing offered variety of products and services. This paper addresses the question of how to modularize products and/or services considering different criteria from the designers and domain experts. To this end, a Design Structure Matrix (DSM) based method is introduced. The method relies on a set of modularization criteria and on clustering to form product and/or service modules. The applicability of the method is illustrated through a test case in the manufacturing sector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems. Production Management for the Factory of the Future : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2019, Austin, TX, USA, September 1–5, 2019, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsFarhad Ameri, Kathryn E. Stecke, Gregor von Cieminski, Dimitris Kiritsis
Number of pages8
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29999-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-30000-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2019 - Hilton Austin, Texas, Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2019
LocationHilton Austin, Texas
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Internet address
SeriesIFIP AICT - Advances in Information and Communication technology


  • Clustering
  • Design Structure Matrix
  • Product modularity
  • Service modularity
  • Variety management


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