Framework for product knowledge and product related knowledge which supports product modelling for mass customization

Jesper Riis, Benjamin Loer Hansen, Lars Hvam

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    Abstract

    The article presents a framework for product knowledge and product related knowledge which can be used to support the product modelling process which is needed for developing IT systems. These IT systems are important tools for many companies when they aim at achieving mass customization and personalization. The framework for product knowledge and product related knowledge is based on the following theories: axiomatic design, technical systems, theory of domains, theory of structuring, theory of properties and the framework for the content of product and product related models. The framework is built on experience from product modelling projects in several companies. Among them for example companies manufacturing electronic switchboards, spray dryer systems and air conditioning equipment. The framework is divided into three views: the product knowledge view, the life phase system view and the transformation process view (“the meeting”). The persons (rolls) involved in the product modelling process are for example: domain experts, change managers, model managers, project leaders, technical facilitators, process managers and software programmers. They need a framework during the product modelling process. The framework supports the product modelling process in the following areas: • It defines which concepts (terms) to use. • It supports the understanding of the different knowledge types. • It supports the understanding of the specification processes. • It facilitates the demarcation of the product knowledge and product related knowledge which should be or should not be included in the model. This demarcation will have a large influence on the structure of the IT systems (for example the configurator system, the CAD system or the PDM system). • The use of the framework can help achieve more structured models. • It can be used as a checklist during the modelling work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorld Congress Mass Customization & Personalization
    PublisherInstitut for Produktion og Ledelse, DTU
    Publication date2003
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization - Munich, Germany
    Duration: 6 Oct 20038 Oct 2003
    Conference number: 2

    Conference

    Conference2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization
    Number2
    CountryGermany
    CityMunich
    Period06/10/200308/10/2003

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