Origins and prospects of platform based product paradigm

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

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Abstract

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
PublisherDesign Society
Pages502-503
ISBN (Electronic)1-904670-00-8
ISBN (Print)0-85825-788-2
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

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Conference15th International Conference on Engineering Design 2005
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period16/08/0518/08/05

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Lehtonen, T., Juuti, T., Pulkkinen, A., Roikola, A-M., & Riitahuhta, A. (2005). Origins and prospects of platform based product paradigm. In DS 35: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design (pp. 502-503). [DS35_369.358] Design Society.
Lehtonen, Timo ; Juuti, Tero ; Pulkkinen, Antti ; Roikola, Anna-Maria ; Riitahuhta, Asko. / Origins and prospects of platform based product paradigm. DS 35: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design. Design Society, 2005. pp. 502-503
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Lehtonen T, Juuti T, Pulkkinen A, Roikola A-M, Riitahuhta A. Origins and prospects of platform based product paradigm. In DS 35: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design. Design Society. 2005. p. 502-503. DS35_369.358