Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has always required robust solutions for representing product data models. Product data models enable in-formation exchange across different organizations, actors, processes and stages in the product lifecycle. In this context, standardization of models plays a key role, since it ensures interoperability between the different systems that support information exchange. These standard models need to support diverse domain-specific requirements from the multitude of disciplines involved during a product lifecycle. Due to this diversity, challenges are to (1) develop multidisciplinary models, (2) extend them to support new requirements over time (new products, new regulations, new materials, new processes,) and (3) implement the resulting gigantic information models. ISO 10303, the reference standard for PLM-related data models provides a mechanism that enables specialization of generic product data to address some of these issues. In this paper we introduce the need for dynamic PLM-related information models, detail the existing ISO 10303 mechanism and identify its limitations. We then present a methodology for enhancing that mechanism using OWL ontologies for representing product data models and SPIN, a new semantic web technology, for validating product data and overcoming OWL limitations.
Proceedings Title: 9th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management
Conference Dates: July 9-11, 2012
Conference Location: Montreal, -1
Conference Title: The IFIP WG5.1 9th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management
Pub Type: Conferences
product lifecycle management, information modeling, long-term data retention, semantic web, OWL, STEP