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September 8, 2008

Localized Modularization

Arnold Brown mentions a relatively new business process emerging in China called "localized modularization" in his article, "The New Biology Paradigm" (The Futurist, September-October 2008). According to Brown, manufacturers who use localized modularization do not dictate to their suppliers every detail of the parts they want manufactured. Instead, the manufacturer "specifies only key features, such as size and weight, letting the supplier's designers figure out the rest, thus enabling quicker changes and adaptation." He notes that Longxin and Zongshen now use localized modularization to make half of the world's motorcycles.

Modularization facilitates de-coupling of functional modules. Once that de-coupling is achieved, the modules on either side of the equation can be automated without affecting the other. Therefore, localized modularization looks like it is poised to facilitate automation of the modules that are localized.

Posted by Robert at September 8, 2008 7:12 PM
category: Technology Industry


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