DESIGN OF PRODUCT FAMILIES FOR CONFIGURATION
In the paper different kinds of products are categorized according to the variety imposed to sales-delivery processes. The focus is on products with structural variants, which establish a product family. Four classes of varying systematics are presented and related to the types of product architectures. A brief review the configuration modelling means, which capture the relations and elements of a product family, and problems in configuration processes arc presented. The relations between product structuring, configuration modelling and processes are analysed. The characteristics of a certain varying systematic necessitate the use of particular modelling method. The systematic and the method in turn dispose the characteristics of configuration and modelling process. Since the product family has to be economically feasible, product varying systematic and model have to be adapted to the chosen processes.