Modularization in Industrial Goods

A framework to master increasing complexity.

Personalized shoes or a car configured according to one's own wishes - individualization and modularization have become part of our daily lives. In contrast, many manufacturers of industrial goods are still in the early stages of introducing modular products and services. Whether it's a pump, a wind turbine or a tractor - here too, industrial goods customers expect solutions that are individually tailored to their requirements. Low volumes are a marginal condition and short delivery times are a prerequisite. The result: a massive expansion of the variety of parts and steadily increasing complexity in production, the supply chain and order processing. Modularization helps to reconcile the often contradictory goals of high variance from the customer's point of view and internal efficiency with the lowest possible complexity. In its new Strategy Paper, Porsche Consulting presents, among other things, a framework that anchors modularization in the DNA of companies. Intelligently applied, modularization helps manufacturers of industrial goods to increase customer orientation while reducing costs due to complexity.

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