Robust product family selection using the hypothetical equivalents and inequivalents method
Dolan, Bryan R.
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The design and development of effective product lines is a challenge in modern industry. Companies must balance diverse product families that satisfy wide-ranging customer demands with practical business needs such as combining manufacturing processes and using similar materials, for example. In this thesis, the issue of consolidating an existing product family is addressed. Specifically, the Hypothetical Equivalents and Inequivalents Method (HEIM) is utilized in order to select an optimal product family configuration. In previous uses, HEIM has been shown to assist a decision maker in selecting one concept from a set when concept attributes conflict with each other. In the extension presented in this thesis, HEIM is demonstrated as an effective means to study robustness in terms of one optimal solution.