Modularization of an Engine Series

Due to the following four essential changes to the market conditions, complexity is increasing rapidly for companies:


  • Growth of global competition & market
  • Increase of individuality & customer-specific requirements
  • Different requirements of the market regions
  • Shortened delivery times with low prices, as well as continuously rising performance and quality


Companies are searching for ways to reduce the emerging complexity and the customer-driven product portfolio and to increase efficiency. Platforms and modules allow for a significant reduction of complexity (and variance) while optimizing time, costs, and quality at the same time.


In the course of the development of a new engine series (large-scale engine industry), PEC was commissioned to support the project team during the determination of the cross-derivative platform and to implement a cross-series module building set.


Phase 1 | Platform Design & Potential Evaluation

  • Identification and analysis of the essential levers and drivers of the product portfolio (variant analyses, driver analyses, functional analyses, interface analyses, development trends)
  • From the analysis, the functional module profile follows, in which potential is evaluated at the highest level and a platform suggestion is developed.


Phase 2 | Divisional & Functional Strategies

  • Screening and support with the development of the divisional strategies (Production, Purchasing, Sales, etc.)
  • Support with the development of the sub-system and functional strategies: product orientation, product function
  • Definition of the platform agreement in consideration of the divisional and functional strategies


Phase 3 | Module Design

  • Definition of strategic orientations per module based on in-depth analysis
  • Elaboration of cross-functional module concepts
  • Definition of the module-cycle plan
  • Documentation of the results in the module books