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Platform Architectures (PA)

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Platform Architectures (PA)


Our Platform Architecture initiative (PA) has helped companies to determine optimal product families, and choose the best subsystems to be shared by products within the family.

If a company produces only a few simple products, it can successfully develop each independently of the others. But as a company increases the number and complexity of its products, it maximizes effectiveness by evolving from a product-by-product approach to a system approach.

The result is a family of products based on common technologies and subsystems.

Recent Submissions

  • de Weck, Olivier; Suh, Eun Suk (2002-10-03)
    Introduction to Platform Architecture in Products VW Golf 2 -Automotive Platforming Example:A Two-Level Optimization Approach 3 -Discussion
  • Otto, Kevin (2000)
    This paper presents an approach to determine the proper number of levels required on independent product architectural attributes, given their ability to generate added revenue through more direct targeting to smaller ...
  • Agus, Sudjianto; Otto, Kevin (2001-09-09)
    Methods to determine acceptable architecture for multiple platforms supporting multiple brands must represent both platform cost saving commonization as well as revenue enhancing brand distinctions. Functional architecting ...
  • Hölttä, Katja; Tang, Victor; Seering, Warren (2003)
    A module is a structurally independent building block of a larger system with well-defined interfaces. A module is fairly loosely connected to the rest of the system allowing an independent development of the module as ...