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Mass Customization

A strategy in which a company attempts to market a product to a customer's individual wants and needs while still producing the products at high level. That is, mass customization combines features of custom service, where a company makes a product upon demand from the customer, and mass production, where a company makes a large number of products exactly the same and sells them to a large number of customers. A company engaging in mass customization may offer a basic package for a product and then allow a customer to add or subtract different features at his/her discretion.

mass customization

the use of technology and sophisticated computing facilities to individualize mass produced (and therefore identical) products. For example, the manufacture of a pair of jeans specifically designed for an individual can be carried out using a mass production facility. The technique requires accurate measurements that are transmitted by Electronic Data Interchange to the manufacturing point. Cloth is cut by automatic cutting machinery, each piece is identifed by a bar code and the whole is then stitched together and forwarded to the customer. See MASS PRODUCTION.
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By following this procedure it should be possible to: bring out the business requirements for a configuration system to be created; delimit and define knowledge which is to be incorporated into a configuration system; analyse and describe a complete product range and rules for designing a customer specific product; express product knowledge in an appropriate form for incorporation into a configuration systems, etc.
Configuration systems often achieve this goal only partially since the amount and complexity of options presented by the configurator outstrip the capability of a user to identify an appropriate solution (configuration).
These problems lead towards a development of an open framework that would allow the creation and maintenance of different individual product configuration systems by the engineers themselves without high dependency on computer scientists (Abramovici at al.
The development of these expert systems has spanned nearly 10 years; Digital's Configuration systems Development Group (CSDG) has thereby gained considerable understanding of all phases of the lifecycle of production quality expert systems: design, development, production, and ongoing support.
The implementation of modular, standard product configuration systems is much easier and more acceptable than the existing ones.
The increased complexity of products makes the interaction with configuration systems lengthy because lots of features have to be specified during the configuration process.
Recall that RIME was intended to provide guidance for the engineering of the evolving expert configuration systems at Digital.
Sales configuration systems are used to configure STO, ATO and ETO [ship-to-order, assemble-to-order and engineer-to-order] products as well as non-product information such as pricing, discounts, and customized financing plans.
A current main focus of the research on the field of product configurators is the involvement of the customers into the configuration process by the use of configuration systems based on the Internet (for example Hansen et al 2003, Leckner 2003).
This enables Automated Configuration Systems (ACS) and Element Management Systems (EMS) that support the TR-069 specification, such as the Netopia NBBS remote device management platform, to automatically and remotely configure, manage, and support devices on the home network that are connected through a Netopia gateway.
Chrome has been the industry leader in data accuracy and timeliness, driving many of the largest professional configuration systems in the US," said David Mingle, Chrome's president.
Nasdaq:SEBL), a leading provider of business applications software, today announced that it has attained a "Positive" rating in Gartner's Sales Configuration Systems MarketScope Report for 1H04.

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