The advantages of modular design are numerous. Some examples are listed below:
? Minimize cost, by reducing the number of parts.
? Savings in design time as their reliability, cost and quality are documented and easily available.
? Modular products enable quicker, easier and more efficient customization of standard products.
? Modules can be modified or replaced without changing anything else on the product.
? Modular design allows quick and easy upgrades.
? Modular design decrease obsolescence and shortens the redesign cycle
? Flexibility in use, as the way customers use products can change over time.
? Easy and quick installation of products
? Easy and quick servicing and maintenance of products
? Modular design requires shorter learning time when new employees have to become familiar with products.
? Modular design gives businesses the possibility to outsource the assembly of some modules, therefore freeing-up manufacturing capacity and increasing the number of products delivered on time.
? During design, different modules can be developed by separate groups of engineers at the same time. Designing modules/assemblies simultaneously like this (often referred to as concurrent engineering), reduces overall time-to-market for a product, therefore maximizing total sales and revenue.
? If any future problems arise with the design of a product or a periodic redesign exercise takes place, modules can be separately improved (such as for localized problems), before being reintroduced into the whole product. They do not have an impact on other assemblies, as would be the case with integral design.
? Production facilities can be organized specifically to assemble particular modules.
? Modular design simplifies the information processing in a design project.