Configuration in Industrial Product Families

The ConIPF Methodology

Hotz, L., Wolter, K., Krebs, T., Deelstra, S., Sinnema, M., Nijhuis, J., MacGregor, J.
Pub. date
September 2006
ISBN print
Computer & Communication Sciences, Electronics/Mechanics
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For software-intensive products like car electronics the trend is to offer more and more product variants. Increasing market demands and pressure from competitors force enterprises to diversify their product range leading to growing complexity. Product families tackle this problem by reusing existing software and hardware artefacts. The development process is structured into domain engineering ('development for reuse') and application engineering ('development with reuse'). However, deriving products in application engineering still lacks methodological support. This book provides the ConIPF (Configuration in Industrial Product Families) Methodology. It is one of the first attempts to support product derivation during application engineering with a combination of product line engineering and knowledge-based configuration.

The methodology provides:

A product derivation process that covers environmental aspects of a product and an automated feature to artefact mapping to support the product composition
A language (AMPL) that enables modelling of commonalities, variability and dependencies between the different assets of a product line


Clear separation of application engineering issues (PART I) and domain engineering issues (PART II)
Use of Software Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM) for presenting processes
A guiding example demonstrating key concepts throughout the whole book
Overview and comparison of supporting tooling
Checklist for introducing the ConIPF Methodology in your organisation

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