MG2020 Modularisation of Products 6.0 credits

Modulindelning av produkter

The purpose is to provide knowledge about the Modular Management, the Modular Function Deployment method and Design for Assembly methods.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P2 (6.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    5 - 100

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Planned timeslots

    P2: E1, J1, D2, I2. more info

  • Course responsible

    Gunilla Franzén Sivard <>

  • Teacher

    Colin de Kwant <>

  • Target group

    Compulsory for TIPDM IPDE year 1

    Conditionally elective for TIEMM IPIB year 1

    Elective for other master programmes year 1-2
    and for (CMAST, CDEPR, CFATE, CMATD) year 3

  • Part of programme

Spring 20 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student will be able to:

  • suggest a proper modularisation of a product family, considering company strategies
  • design a product for assembly
  • explain the link between product development and manufacturing when modularisation is used
  • apply the Modular Management concept, including the Modular Function Deployment method and explain its part in integrated product development

Course main content

Many companies are focusing on rationalising their product handling throughout the company as well as they want to maintain or improve their ability to satisfy the changing customer demands. The companies have to make both the organisation and the product more effective. One way is by structuring the product so it incorporates the demands from the customers, the corporation and the long term strategy. Many researchers are involved in the area of understanding how this should be done. At KTH, Dept. of Production Engineering, and IVF, the MFD-method (Modular Function Deployment) was developed some years ago.

The method is one of the first to accommodate the product structure to the manufacturing and the strategies of the company. The method consists of five steps to design a product so it is divided into a number of modules that could be combined/purchased/shared among product variants. This allows the manufacturing cost to be minimised and the complexity (the number of different parts) may be lowered, yet it still allows flexibility and variety. The method focus on the corporate strategy regarding core competence and preparation for technical change. Depending on which of these aspects that are important for the company and their products, the product may be designed and structured in different ways. The method has been used successfully in some 20 Swedish companies to create a company specific modularisation. Furthermore, the method has also been useful in creating a common understanding of the product and corporate strategies among marketers, designers, manufacturers and so on.

The course is based on the Modular Function Deployment method that consists of five steps:

  • Clarify customer requirements
  • Select technical solutions
  • Generate module concepts
  • Evaluate concepts
  • Improve each module


Basic eligibility and 120 cr in Engineering


Can be dowloaded from LMS by registered course participants


  • PRO2 - Project work, 5.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Approved project assignment (PRO1; 6 cr)

Offered by

ITM/Production Engineering


Colin de Kwant (, Malin Ekerå (


Mauro Onori <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2019.