Title: Use of a manufacturing ontology and Function-Behaviour-Structure approach for the design of a Reconfigurable Machine Tool

Authors: Aamer Baqai, Ali Siadat, Jean-Yves Dantan, Patrick Martin

Addresses: LGIPM – Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, 4 rue Augustin Fresnel, Metz 57000, France. ' LGIPM – Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, 4 rue Augustin Fresnel, Metz 57000, France. ' LGIPM – Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, 4 rue Augustin Fresnel, Metz 57000, France. ' LGIPM – Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, 4 rue Augustin Fresnel, Metz 57000, France

Abstract: Rapid changes and uncertainty in markets require manufacturing systems to become highly responsive. Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems are the recent addition to the domain of manufacturing. This article focuses on the use of a manufacturing upper ontology called MAnufacturing|s Semantics ONtology (MASON) for the design of Reconfigurable Machine Tool using Function-Behaviour-Structure approach. A concrete proposal MASON with its main classes and object properties is discussed. The design approach is introduced and its application for machine tool design is discussed. The design problem is modelled as a Constraint Satisfaction Problem. An example to illustrate the integration of MASON along with the design process for a particular machining feature is presented.

Keywords: FBS; function-behaviour-structure; machining features; machining processes; manufacturing ontologies; RMT; reconfigurable machine tools; RMS; reconfigurable manufacturing systems; machine tool design; constraint satisfaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2008.021438

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.132 - 150

Available online: 27 Nov 2008 *

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