Investigating the applicability of modular function deployment in the process industry

Rasmus Andersen*, Thomas Ditlev Brunø, Kjeld Nielsen

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Modular function deployment (MFD) is a recognized method for designing modular products within the discrete manufacturing industry as a means of accommodating market demands for higher variety, shorter product life cycles and smaller production batches. Nevertheless, while the process industries face similar market demands, product modularity is only sparsely explored. This paper analyzes the five steps of the MFD methodology for their fit to a process industry context based on general industry characteristics and insights from a case company. It is found that several aspects of the method must change before use in a process industrial context is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Pages (from-to)659-664
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Event54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems - Patras, Greece
Duration: 22 Sept 202124 Sept 2021


Conference54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems


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