Product Knowledge Modelling and Management

Y. Zhang, K. J. MacCallum, Alex Duffy

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    The term, Product Knowledge is used to refer to two related but distinct concepts; the knowledge of a specific product (Specific Product Knowledge) and the knowledge of a product domain (Product Domain Knowledge). Modelling and managing Product Knowlege is an essential part of carrying out design.A scheme is presented in this paper to model, i.e. classify, structure and formalise the product knowledge for the purpose of supporting function-oriented design. The product design specification and four types of required attributes of a specific product have been identified to form the Specific Product Knowledge involved in the product generation process and therefore modelled in a PDS unit and four viewpoint models. Further, product domain knowledge model consists of four types of basic product domain knowledge and product family knowledge. They are considered as necessary and sufficient to support function-oriented design. Both Specific Product Knowledge and Product Domain Knowledge are modelled at two levels, a meta-model and an information-level.Following that, a computer-based scheme to manage the proposed product lknowledge models within a dynamically changing environment is presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd DWK Workshop on Product Structuring
    Place of PublicationDelft
    PublisherDelft University of Technology
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    Event2nd WDK Workshop on Product Structuring - Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 3 Jun 19964 Jun 1996
    Conference number: 2


    Workshop2nd WDK Workshop on Product Structuring

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