The results of an empirical product study aimed at deducing product evolution design guidelines are presented. The derived design guidelines support a directed product evolution methodology known as effort flow analysis. Effort flow analysis provides a systematic framework for identifying component combination opportunities leading to either rigid-body or compliant mechanisms in the domain of mechanical effort transmissions. Design guidelines, effort flow analysis, and the empirical study are discussed. A classified list of the derived guidelines is presented along with analysis of a sample product group from the study.
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Guidelines for Product Evolution Using Effort Flow Analysis: Results of an Empirical Study
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Greer, JL, Wood, JJ, Jensen, DD, & Wood, KL. "Guidelines for Product Evolution Using Effort Flow Analysis: Results of an Empirical Study." Proceedings of the ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 4: 14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Integrated Systems Design, and Engineering Design and Culture. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. September 29–October 2, 2002. pp. 139-150. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2002/DTM-34013
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