Modularisation in mechanical and plant engineering

A high degree of standardisation of the product range is attained by combining a machine or plant from reusable units/modules.

Who hasn't played with Lego or fischertechnik toys and used the building blocks provided to create something, either to suit their fancy or according to pre-determined instructions? These toys are a clear and understandable example of modularisation, making it almost infinite. Standardised modules with standardised interfaces to each other make it possible to create an almost infinite number of products from a limited set of building blocks (modules).

In real-world applications, it is not necessary to take modularisation quite that far. The objective is to determine which variants are needed and then design the product so that the different variants can be composed from as few reusable units (modules) as possible. Thus modularisation is the basis of variant configuration.

Advantages of modularisation

  • Drastically reducing portion of customer-specific content
  • Lowering costs by minimising part variety
  • Using standardisation to increase quality
  • Basis for possible product configuration
  • Basis for automatic creation of production documents

Where can modularisation be used

Modularisation can be used in nearly all industries and disciplines. It is most widespread in software development, but this type of approach is increasingly implemented in mechanical design engineering through the ability to carry out parametric design using state-of-the-art 3D CAD systems. Modularisation is neglected a bit in the area of PLC programming and electrical engineering, and in the comprehensive modular implementation of machines and plants.

Focus on solving problems

We are happy to support you in implementing modularisation projects with our proficient expertise in

    • Restructuring your product into modular units
    • Establishing rules for configuring variants
    • Drafting and implementing the data management system for managing the modular units and rules
    • Defining the business processes from the development process, to the sales configuration, all the way to transfer of jobs into production.

We know that modularisation means a change in thinking in many areas of the company.