A model for commonality and modularity of table top family design

​Leo Eshagi & Asghar Ramezani present their master thesis project. On-line presentation.

Program: Product Development 
Examiner: Ola Isaksson, IMS
Supervisor: Iñigo Alonso Fernandez
Company: IKEA 


Over the years IKEA has developed several tabletops. In the current range of tabletops, similarities can be found between several of them. The purpose of this project is to find the similarities among the tabletops, propose to eliminate tabletops with too many similarities and suggest a potential platform for the tabletops.   

The objectives of the project were: 

1. What are the major factors (organizational, cost, logistics, production) in the current IKEA’s tabletops strategy (not platform-based)? What needs to be changed (in IKEA’s lean development process) to move for a platform-based approach?

2. What are the cost factors (development, production, and logistics) in today’s product portfolio of tabletops and how could a platforming strategy affect these factors? 

3. How to calculate the supply cost of today’s product portfolio compared to a platform-based approach portfolio? 

4. How to analyse (calculate complexity, and standardization) the current products (Tabletops) in an efficient way in order to develop the right standard procedure for other products (beyond tabletops)? 

5. What metrics exists that identify the trade-off of internal complexity vs customer options? How can they be used to evaluate the current range and compare future scenarios?

A literature study was made to deepen the knowledge in the subject and especially about platform development and modularization management. The data collection consisted of mainly literature, interviews and through databases for collecting information regarding the tabletops. The collected data were the foundation for the further research which consisted of set up important parameters for the tabletops, creating a commonality plan and suggesting what tabletops having the biggest potential for creating a platform in and which tabletops to eliminate because of too many similarities.

The project was carried out in collaboration with IKEA of Sweden located in Älmhult and Chalmers University of Technology located in Gothenburg. Most of the work was done on campus at Chalmers and online because of the pandemic and distance barrier. 

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Category Student project presentation
Location: On-line
Starts: 27 November, 2020, 09:00
Ends: 27 November, 2020, 10:00

Page manager Published: Sun 22 Nov 2020.