SysML-based design chain information modeling for variety management in production reconfiguration

Dazhong Wu, Linda L. Zhang, Roger J. Jiao, Roberto F. Lu

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Satisfying diverse customer needs leads to proliferation of product variants. It is imperative to model the coherence of functional, product and process varieties throughout the design chain. Based on a model-based systems engineering approach, this paper applies the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) to model design chain information. To support variety management decisions, the SysML-based information models are further implemented as a variety coding information system. A case study of switchgear enclosure production reconfiguration system demonstrates that SysML-based information modeling excels in conducting requirements, structural, behavioral and constraints analysis and in performing trade-off study. In addition, it maintains semantic coherence along the design chain, keeps traceability across different levels of abstraction, thus improving interoperability among heterogeneous tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-596
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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