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A Unified Product Structure Management for Enterprise Business Process Integration Throughout the Product Lifecycle

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  • Product Structure Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Business Process Management
  • Product Data Management
  • Enterprise Process Integration
  • Linguistics


Microsoft Word - 14638word.doc QUT Digital Repository: Ni, Qianfu and Lu, Wen Fang and 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. © Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications 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: 1 An Extensible Product Structure Model for Product Lifecycle Management in the Make-to-Order Environment Q.F. Nia, W.F. Lu b,* and Prasad KDV Yarlagaddaa aSchool of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology, PO Box 2434, Brisbane,Q4001 Australia bCentre for Design Technology/Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260 Abstract 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 busines

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