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Formation of an Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain Via Information Models



Ronald Giachetti


The agile electronics manufacturing enterprise must rapidly develop new products by close interaction with their supplier network. Design for manufacturing must occur in this extended and distributed enterprise across traditional organizational boundaries. This paper proposes the use of information models to support this activity. A manufacturing model is built using the EXPRESS information modeling language to model the manufacturing process capabilities of the vendors. Compatibility ratings based on possibility theory search the vendor?s information models to compare the product profile requirements and the manufacturing process capabilities. A multi-attribute decision model is invoked to weigh the importance of the selection criteria and aggregate the multiple compatibility ratings into a single metric that ranks the vendors according to their ability to manufacturing the product. The system provides feedback exposing why certain compatibility ratings were assigned. The contribution of this paper is to model the information requirement of an agile enterprise and provide an approach for dynamically selecting vendors.


Agile manufacturing, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, multi-attribute decision making, supply chain management, vendor selection


Giachetti, R. (1997), Formation of an Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain Via Information Models, NIST IR, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created January 1, 1997, Updated February 17, 2017