Customization design method for complex product systems based on a meta-model

Rong Li, Haizhu Zhang*, Sheng-feng Qin, Guofu Ding, Xin Han

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In order to effectively reuse the design knowledge of product family life cycle development and support holistic and rapid individual product design, this article presents a new meta-model-based systemic customization design method for complex product systems within a product-pedigree. The proposed method aims to synthetically analyze the common and adaptive customer demands and product features of a product-pedigree of complex product systems and to quickly respond to the changing demands based on knowledge accumulation in the field of customization design. The key to implement such a method is (1) to construct a product-pedigree-oriented product meta-model with a four-layered architecture where it is possible to achieve a high degree of abstraction of product and (2) to develop a special technique for configuring the meta-model of the complex product systems. We have tested the proposed method with the rapid design of product-pedigree of a high-speed train’s bogies as an illustrative example. In this work, a rapid customization design prototype system has been developed and applied to the design of a high-speed train’s bogie to illustrate how to construct a product meta-model and how to conduct configuration design on different layers and variant design for generating new products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number168781401988220
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalAdvances in Mechanical Engineering
Issue number10
Early online date13 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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