IPU's Product Architecture Group quickly transforms the most recent knowledge from research into pragmatic tools and methods for use in industry.
One example is our PFMP method, which has been used in a number of companies to create a professional basis for deciding on product ranges and attendant IT systems.
The method is used by LEGO Company to establish flexible product and production platforms. Platforms, which are vital to the reduction of throughput times and costs.
The types of projects differ greatly, but their focus is often on tightening product ranges, restructuring parts lists, modularisation, establishment of platforms and transfer of new competences to the company organisation.
For more information on the development of platforms or read the case: Lean Product Structures: YORK Refrigeration (PDF format).
The Product Architecture Group
The division was founded as an IPU in-house division in 2003. The staff are PhDs and civil engineers from DTU with extensive knowledge about product development with a particular focus on product architecture (in the widest sense of the word).
The division also has close ties to the DTU research environment, which holds, e.g., six PhD students in this division.