Ontology-Based Framework Enabling Smart Product-Service Systems: Application of Sensing Systems for Machine Health Monitoring

Elaheh Maleki*, Farouk Belkadi, Nikoletta Boli, Berend Jan Van Der Zwaag, Kosmas Alexopoulos, Spyridon Koukas, Mihai Marin-Perianu, Alain Bernard, Dimitris Mourtzis

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Providing an integrated product-service system (PSS) supported by cyber-physical systems, as a smart solution, is increasingly offered by industrial machinery. In this approach, instead of providing products with after-sale services, the value proposition is mostly based on guaranteeing a trustable operation. As a result, capturing and analyzing information from a machine's condition during its lifespan becomes an essential part of the smart PSS. Enabling this through lifecycle monitoring, sensing devices are at the core of smart PSS. Thus, the optimal configuration of PSS components is a critical step to ensure the efficiency of the solution. PSS design challenges arise because of the differences between characteristics and specifications of the embedded sensing system and the product. To fulfill this challenge, knowledge extraction and reuse from these domains is crucial during the design process. To do so, a sensor ontology is used as the backbone of the PSS knowledge-based framework. The focus of this paper is on defining the embedded sensing systems tailored to industrial PSS and the use of these systems in providing customized services. As part of the ICP4Life platform, this paper presents a sensing system ontology as a framework to support the smart services in industrial machinery PSS. An industrial use case is conducted to validate the efficiency of the proposed ontology and to show the benefits of the ICP4Life platform to reduce time and cost of PSS development processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8352684
Pages (from-to)4496-4505
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyber-physical systems (CPSs)
  • Machine health monitoring (MHM)
  • Ontology-based framework
  • Product-service system (PSS)
  • Smart sensing system


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