Product modularity for life cycle design

Yasushi Umeda*, Shinichi Fukushige, Keita Tonoike, Shinsuke Kondoh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Modular design is an important elemental technique in life cycle design for improving, e.g., maintainability, upgradability, reusability, and recyclability. Appropriate modular structure differs according to applied life cycle options; e.g., while the modular structure for recycling should be based on material kinds, the structure for upgrading should be based on functions to be obsolete. This paper proposes a method for determining modular structure by aggregating various attributes related to a product life cycle and evaluating geometric feasibility of modules. This paper also illustrates the prototype system that implements the proposed method and a case study of a printer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Geometric modelling
  • Lifecycle
  • Modular design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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