Title: Requirements on information technology for product lifecycle management

Authors: Peter Denno, Thomas Thurman

Addresses: Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA. ' Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

Abstract: Good decision-making is founded on good information. Information technology supporting product lifecycle management ought to provide a high degree of information cohesion and traceability – knowledge of the interrelations among data, and basis for belief. Providing cohesion and traceability is made difficult by differences in viewpoint and ontology employed by the various disciplines and organisations involved in the product lifecycle. This paper describes an analysis of cohesion and traceability into its constituents properties. The paper suggests that process-aware integration schema can improve the cohesion and traceability among product data.

Keywords: product lifecycle management; PLM; information quality; product design; integration schema; information modelling; product development; information technology; product data cohesion; product data traceability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2005.006671

International Journal of Product Development, 2005 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.109 - 122

Published online: 01 Apr 2005 *

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