Title: System architecture for mobile Knowledge Management within product life-cycle design

Authors: Christopher L. Spiteri, Jonathan C. Borg

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Malta, Msida, Malta. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Malta, Msida, Malta

Abstract: Since the design process is not just confined within an office, knowledge support must be provided to designers even when they are away from their workplace. The provision of knowledge is essential for designers to make decisions that have sound consequences on the product|s life-cycle. Hence, designers require tools supporting them at considering the Life-Cycle Consequences (LCCs) of their decisions. With the increasing popularity of mobile devices such as PDAs, access to such knowledge can be greatly facilitated. This paper contributes a mobile Knowledge Management (mKM) system architecture aimed at providing designers situated in mobile work settings with |LCCs| knowledge support.

Keywords: knowledge engineering; distributed environment; product life cycle design; DFX; design for x; system architecture; mobile knowledge management; knowledge support; mobile communications; m-knowledge; product design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2010.035810

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.396 - 412

Available online: 05 Oct 2010 *

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