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Product Definition in Mass Customization Adopting Neural Network

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2 Author(s)
Chen Zhaoxun ; Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No.1954, Huashan Road, 200030, Shanghai, China. ; Wang Liya

Product definition is a process of understanding and translating customer needs into product specifications. In mass customization, this process involves tedious elaboration enacted between customers and engineers, which results in low response and high cost. A method with learning capability and inference mechanism is imperative. Neural network, manifesting its strength in learning, knowledge storing and parallel handling, is adopted in this research to facilitate product definition in mass customization. Elevator definition is selected as the study subject. The customer needs (CNs) and functional requirements (FRs) of elevators are analyzed. Back-propagation neural networks are constructed to learn the mappings from CNs to FRs. Then trained neural networks can be used to project customer voice to specific product specifications

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IECON 2006 - 32nd Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics

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6-10 Nov. 2006