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A Design Method for Product Upgradability with Different Customer Demands

Abstract : A sustainable society requires changes in the traditional paradigm of mass production and consumption. Products such as personal computers and smartphones are discarded even though they are fully functional. This paper proposes a design method for product upgradability which satisfies various different customer demands to increase the product value and extend the value lifespan by exchanging components closely related to its deterioration in value. In addition, this paper also proposes a method that can specify future product performances, effective upgradable product components, and the side effects of upgrade on other product components. Finally, this paper discusses the applicability of our proposed design method by considering a vacuum cleaner and various different customer demands.
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Masato Inoue, Shuho Yamada, Tetsuo Yamada, Stefan Bracke. A Design Method for Product Upgradability with Different Customer Demands. 11th IFIP International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Jul 2014, Yokohama, Japan. pp.91-100, ⟨10.1007/978-3-662-45937-9_10⟩. ⟨hal-01386479⟩

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