Aim of method usage:
  • determine similarities
  • reduce complexity
  • identify elements
Method classification:
  • Methods for analysis and aims
  • Methods for solution generation
Process phase:
  • conceptual design
  • embodiment design

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Module Indication Matrix

Modular Function Deployment (MFD), MIM

The module indication matrix (MIM) is part of the methodology of modular function deployment (MFD). Here the first step is to identify the customer requirements through the QFD methodology. Then one analyzes functions and selects a technical solution. The next step includes the before mentioned MIM to identify possible modules for use. Finally every module can be improved for example through Design for Manufactioring and Assemlby (DFX).

The module indication matrix is for identifying module candidates for the modular product architecture. This is done by analyzing the functionary through module controller. After comparing the functionaries to the module controllers, they are evaluated.


  1. Determining the module controllers: All for the product important module controllers are determined.
  2. Determining the functionaries: All for the product important functonaries are determined.
  3. Correlation between module controllers and functionaries: In this step, one systematically examines the correlation between module controllers and functionaries. It needs to be documented if there exists a correlation and to what degree (no, weak, medium, strong correlation). One may chose between a linear (0,1,2,3) or progressive (0,1,3,9) scale.
  4. Selection of module candidates: the given values for the correlation are added up for the functionaries. Based on that, a selection for the module candidates can be made.

Strengths and weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
  • improves transparency of module candidates
  • improves modulization
  • functionaries need to familiar
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