Title: A reference ontology approach to support global product-service production

Authors: Claire Palmer; Esmond Neil Urwin; Robert Ian Marr Young; Eugenia Marilungo

Addresses: Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK ' Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK ' Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 12 – 60131, Ancona, Italy

Abstract: The need to innovate and compete drives organisations to constantly seek new approaches to facilitate business and commerce. As market places become ever more globalised and digital economies grow, these organisations rely more heavily upon systems to design and deliver their products and services. Hence, when developing and operating a global production network the need for systems to interoperate between different domains and contexts within a global production network becomes paramount if organisations are to succeed. This paper puts forwards a reference ontology that has been developed to enable the interoperation of software tools involved in the global production of new product-services systems (PSS). It sets out the levels of the reference ontology, detailing closely the product-service aspects. This has been developed using a formal logic-based approach. An example knowledge base has been created from industrial end user information with queries applied to this to provide a set of results, showing the ability of the reference ontology.

Keywords: reference ontology; product-service systems; PSS; global production networks; interoperability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2017.10003816

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2017 Vol.10 No.1, pp.86 - 106

Received: 08 Apr 2016
Accepted: 18 Nov 2016

Published online: 12 Mar 2017 *

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