A unified information model for product family design management

Jyotirmaya Nanda, Timothy W. Simpson, Steven B. Shooter, Robert B. Stone

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Abstract

A flexible information model for systematic development and deployment of product families during all phases of the product realization process is crucial for product-oriented organizations. In this paper we propose a unified information model to capture, share, and organize product design contents, concepts, and contexts across different phases of the product realization process using a web ontology language (OWL) representation. Representing product families by preconceived common ontologies shows promise in promoting component sharing while facilitating search and exploration of design information over various phases and spanning multiple products in a family. Three distinct types of design information, namely, (1) customer needs, (2) product functions, and (3) product components captured during different phases of the product realization process, are considered in this paper to demonstrate the proposed information model. Product vector and function component mapping matrices along with the common ontologies are utilized for designer-initiated information exploration and aggregation. As a demonstration, six products from a family of power tools are represented in OWL DL (Description Logic) format, capturing distinct information needed during the various phases of product realization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences - DETC2005
Subtitle of host publication31st Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Pages709-718
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)079184739X, 9780791847398
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
EventDETC2005: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2005Sep 28 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - DETC2005
Volume2 B

Other

OtherDETC2005: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Period9/24/059/28/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Nanda, J., Simpson, T. W., Shooter, S. B., & Stone, R. B. (2005). A unified information model for product family design management. In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences - DETC2005: 31st Design Automation Conference (pp. 709-718). (Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - DETC2005; Vol. 2 B). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/detc2005-84869