Authors: Zhang Sumei
Addresses: Department of Applied Mathematics, Xi'an University of Post and Telecommunications, Weiguo Road, Chang'an District, Xi'an, 710121, Shanxi, China
Abstract: Aiming to improve the productivity, portability, interoperability, and evolution of product lifecycle management (PLM) system by defining PLM architecture fundamentally at the model level, the total object unified model (TOUM) method is presented as the unified modelling technique to provide a model framework of PLM after analysing the manufacturing data structures. TOUM consists of domain schema, domain template, application model and application data which are used to abstract the concepts of manufacturing domain, format the meta-model of manufacturing data, construct the data model of PLM, and instantiate run-time data of PLM data model, respectively. Then three kinds of architectures based on TOUM is presented, which are development architecture, deployment architecture and application architecture, to unify and simplify modelling, design, implementation, deployment of PLM. At last, a model instance is shown based on the method of TOUM to confirm the validity of this method applied in a PLM product-CAXA V5.
Keywords: total object unified model; TOUM; manufacturing data structures; product lifecycle management; PLM; model driven architecture; MDA; metamodelling; modelling; productivity; portability; interoperability.
International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2011 Vol.5 No.2/3/4, pp.242 - 252
Published online: 19 Oct 2011 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article