In analysing design and manufacturing tasks and their mutual interactions, it appears that the underlying information of these tasks is of the utmost importance. If this information is managed in a formalized, structured way, it can serve as a basis for the control of design and manufacturing processes. The ontological description that is used for this purpose is elaborated upon. Significant in this respect is the introduction of expedient differentiations in distinct aspects of the ontology. Based on a reference model and three accompanying information structures, it is indicated how an ontological description of the information content can be applied to govern design and manufacturing processes. Examples in the field of process planning and cost estimation are used to illustrate the theory.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||International journal of production research|
|Issue number||17 SPEC.|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Nov 2000|