Origins and prospects of platform based product paradigm

Timo Lehtonen, Tero Juuti, Antti Pulkkinen, Anna-Maria Roikola, Asko Riitahuhta

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    In this study, the essence and the context of platforms as an industrial practise are examined using historical perspective. This kind of approach is seldom used, but similar ideas have been presented earlier, for example in references [1] and [2]. The hypothesis of this paper is that there exists a sequence of development stages in the history of product structuring. According to the hypothesis innovations and events like the introduction of standard screw thread are not only seen as a step forward in production technology. Moreover, it is an early case on product structuring as standardisation of connecting elements. This did not only enhance production, but also enabled reuse of a small item of design. According to this hypothesis, we can find the precedent, evolving development stages of the platform based product paradigm. By documenting the characteristics of these stages, we can find what is actually new in product platforms. We can also make extrapolation and have justified foresight on what there will be after the platforms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDS 35: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design
    Subtitle of host publicationFull Papers
    EditorsA. Samuel, W. Lewis
    PublisherDesign Society
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-00-1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event15th International Conference on Engineering Design 2005 - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 16 Aug 200518 Aug 2005


    Conference15th International Conference on Engineering Design 2005


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