An extensible product structure model for product lifecycle management in the make-to-order environment

Ni, Qianfu, Lu, Wen Fang, & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2008) An extensible product structure model for product lifecycle management in the make-to-order environment. Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications (CERA), 16(4), pp. 243-251.

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This paper presents a product structure model with a semantic representation technique that make the product structure extensible for developing product lifecycle management (PLM) systems that is flexible for make-to-order environment. In the make-to-order business context, each product could have a number of variants with slightly different constitutions to fulfill different customer requirements. All the variants of a family have common characteristics and each variant has its specific features. A master-variant pattern is proposed for building the product structure model to explicitly represent common characteristics and specific features of individual variants. The model is capable of enforcing the consistency of a family structure and its variant structure, supporting multiple product views, and facilitating the business processes. A semantic representation technique is developed that enables entity attributes to be defined and entities to be categorized in a neutral and semantic format. As a result, entity attributes and entity categorization can be redefined easily with its configurable capability for different requirements of the PLM systems. An XML-based language is developed for semantically representing entities and entity categories. A prototype as a proof-of-concept system is presented to illustrate the capability of the proposed extensible product structure model.

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ID Code: 14638
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Product structure, product data management, product lifecycle management, semantic representation
DOI: 10.1177/1063293X08100023
ISSN: 1531-2003
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > CAD/CAM Systems (091001)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, <Concurrent Engineering: Research & Applications (CERA), 16(4). pp. 243-251 © <SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008> by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Concurrent Engineering: Research & Applications (CERA) page:
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:03

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