Product Modularity, Tolerance Management, and Visual Management: Potential Synergies

Cecilia G. Da Rocha, Algan Tezel, Saeed Talebi, Lauri Koskela

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Abstract

Product Modularity refers to the hierarchical partitioning of products into their
constitutive components. This concept has been explored in manufacturing to ease product design, simplify production, and to efficiently provide variety. Efforts have been made to transfer this knowledge to the construction context (i.e. one-off products, temporary supply chain, production taking place inside the product), especially to support the latter goal: variety. Yet, it is argued that a re-conceptualization of building design and production is required for the successful application of modularization. That is, materials
and components used to erect a building should be grouped (at least conceptually) as families of modules and work (production tasks) has to be structured according to such organization. This paper explores the synergies among Product Modularity, Tolerance Management, and Visual Management to improve and ease the understanding of such reconceptualization in design and production. It also examines patterns from the theoretical background of Design for Behaviour Change, and how these can be adapted to embed
information in modules and present tolerance data in design drawings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publication"Evolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers"
EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
Place of PublicationChennai
Pages582-592
Number of pages11
Volume1 & 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Evolving Lean Construction - Towards Mature Production Across Cultures and Frontiers - Chennai, India
Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018
Conference number: 26
http://iglc2018.com/ (Link to Conference Website)
http://iglc2018.com/downloads/IGLC2018-Proceedings-Vol1_Vol2.pdf

Conference

Conference26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 2018
CountryIndia
CityChennai
Period16/07/1822/07/18
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    Da Rocha, C. G., Tezel, A., Talebi, S., & Koskela, L. (2018). Product Modularity, Tolerance Management, and Visual Management: Potential Synergies. In V. A. Gonzalez (Ed.), 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: "Evolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers" (Vol. 1 & 2, pp. 582-592). Chennai. https://doi.org/10.24928/2018/0482