Changes in the product architecture will through the supply chain have a major impact. As visualized in the example below, a change in the architecture of a product will impact across the entire value chain.

For this reason, the modularization approach looks at the optimum across the entire value chain.

Many of the examples in “Business Impact” are benefits materialized through the supply chain and production. In short modularization will focus the manufacturing aspects and the supply chain based on the modular products. Modularization will result in a simplification of the manufacturing setup and the supply chain, which can enable further automation.

Through the structured analysis and design, the modularization approach is used to understand how the necessary modules and sub-modules are products, their criticality – and it will be possible to optimize the production and the supply chain based in the modularized product architectures.