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Title: Holonic product design: a process for modular product realisation
Authors: Marshall, Russell
Leaney, P.G.
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: MARSHALL and LEANEY, 2001. Holonic product design: a process for modular product realisation. Journal of Engineering Design, 13(4), pp. 293-304
Abstract: This paper introduces a fresh perspective on product modularisation and proposes a process for modular product realisation called Holonic Product Design. The holon has recently been adopted from Arthur Koestler’s work to represent subsystem entities within manufacturing systems and the enterprise chain. In addition, it has been embraced as a philosophy for change that attempts to fashion modern manufacturing businesses and manufacturing activity. This paper demonstrates the holon as being equally valid as an approach to product development. Through research at a number of UK companies Holonic Product Design (HPD) is developed and presented as a structured approach to product realisation. Addressing a total view through systems engineering, HPD provides an accessible and customisable modular product development workbook. The efficacy of the new approach is demonstrated through the initial results from a HPD case study. Further work remains in refining the integration of HPD elements and thoroughly testing the approach through a full new product development process.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Journal of Engineering Design [© Taylor and Francis]. It is also available at: http://www.journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0954-4828.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2167
ISSN: 0954-4828
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