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Modular Product Design Using Cyberinfrastructure for Global Manufacturing

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John Jung-Woon Yoo1

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology,  Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625jyoo@bradley.edu

Soundar Kumara

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,  Pennsylvania State University, 222 Leonhard Building, University Park, PA 16802skumara@psu.edu

Timothy W. Simpson

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,  Pennsylvania State University, 314 Leonhard Building, University Park, PA 16802tws8@psu.edu


Corresponding author.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 12(3), 031008 (Aug 31, 2012) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4007402 History: Received October 06, 2011; Revised August 07, 2012; Published August 31, 2012; Online August 31, 2012

Modularization of parts—a fairly recent trend in product development—allows part definitions to be kept in a machine-readable form, making it possible to define a part based on its input interfaces, output interfaces, behaviors, and geometric information. The machine-readable representation of parts enables manufacturing companies to more efficiently identify parts suppliers in global and virtual environments. Such representation also helps automate modular product design during detailed parametric design phases. Our research showed that modular product design can be formulated as an artificial intelligence (AI) Planning problem, and we propose a cyberinfrastructure-based framework to support automation. We demonstrate the proposed framework’s implication on global manufacturing using part specification information for personal computers as an example.

Copyright © 2012 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Modular product design framework for global manufacturing using cyberinfrastructure

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SOA using web services

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Web service composition example [28]

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Standardized interfaces: Examples from a hard disk drive

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Machine-readable xml representation

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Concept of modularization and interface-oriented modular product design

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Overview of the proposed SOA-based cyberinfrastructure for modular product design

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Optimal solution from IP-based formulation



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