Research Papers

Ontology-Based Multiplatform Identification Method

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Yanfeng Li, Xiaomeng Chang, Tracee Gilbert

Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Janis P. Terpenny1

Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Department Engineering Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061terpenny@vt.edu


Corresponding author.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 10(3), 031011 (Sep 10, 2010) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3467010 History: Received August 01, 2009; Revised June 12, 2010; Published September 10, 2010; Online September 10, 2010

This paper puts forward a multiplatform identification method to overcome the limitations of a single platform strategy when mass customization is required. The method is applied to redesign or consolidate an existing product family. The method consists of four steps: (1) the determination of component values, (2) the estimation of component redesign efforts, (3) the platform component identification, and (4) the formation of multiple platform instances. An ontology-based framework is also provided to facilitate the information representation and the data integration in the identification of multiplatform structure. Once the platforms are identified, an ontology reasoning mechanism verifies the platform sharing among products and determines the possible multiplatform coalition. A water cooler product family is used to illustrate the ontology-based multiplatform identification method.

Copyright © 2010 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Ontologies , Design
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A single platform strategy

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A multiplatform strategy

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Hybrid ontology approach and data query procedure

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Product structure in a multiplatform strategy

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Multiplatform identification method, tools, and ontologies

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The ontology development for SWRL rule reasoning

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A water cooler product family example (23-24)



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