Title: Product life cycle knowledge management using embedded Infotronics: methodology, tools and case studies

Authors: Jay Lee, Chiao-Lin (Rene) Deng, Chia-Hsi (Janet) Tsan, Mohamed AbuAli

Addresses: Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210072, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA. ' Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210072, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA. ' Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210072, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA. ' Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 19950, Cincinnati, OH 45211, USA

Abstract: The retrieval of product information at every stage of the product life cycle is essential. This paper investigates and develops a systematic methodology for product life cycle knowledge management based on embedded informatics that utilises product maintenance data across the life cycle of the product. The paper presents a methodology, tools and two case studies. Emphasis is made on a major gap and dissociation that exist between the product designer and the customer and how product life cycle management through embedded Infotronics may remedy this situation and allow for product knowledge management through a closed-loop approach.

Keywords: product lifecycle management; PLM; infotronics; embedded systems; knowledge management; closed-loop life cycle; maintenance; product information retrieval.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKEDM.2010.032578

International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Data Mining, 2010 Vol.1 No.1, pp.20 - 36

Available online: 08 Apr 2010 *

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