Modules and Concepts
In Modular Architecture, the chunks implement one or a few functional elements in their entirety.
The interactions between chunks in Modular Architecture are well defined and are generally fundamental to the primary functions of the products.
In Integrated Architecture the functional elements of the product are implemented using more than one chunk.
The interaction between chunks in the Integrated Architecture is ill-defined and may be incidental to the primary functions of the products.
The Function Based Modularity is based on the functionality of a product and how these functions are distributed.
The Manufacturing Based Modularity is based on manufacturing techniques and assembly operations.
Module Heuristics is a method of examination in which the designer uses a set of steps that are empirical in nature, yet proven to be scientifically valid, to identify modules in a design.
A Product Concept is an approximate description of the technology, working principles, and form of the product.
Under the Empirical Design Process you compare what you want to design with what has already been designed.
The ineffective integration of promising partial solutions is one of the common pitfalls in concept generation.
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