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A Product Information Modeling Framework For Product Lifecycle Management



Steven J. Fenves, Ram D. Sriram, Sudarsan Rachuri, Fujun Wang


We describe a framework for representing products based on the NIST Core Product Model (CPM) and its extensions, the Open Assembly Model (OAM), the Design-Analysis Integration model (DAIM), and the Product Family Evolution Model (PFEM). These are abstract models with general semantics, with the specific semantics about a particular domain to be embedded within the usage of the models for that domain. CPM represents the product function, form and behavior, its physical and functional decompositions, and the relationships among these concepts. An extension of CPM provides a way to associate design rationale with the product. OAM defines a system level conceptual model and the associated hierarchical assembly relationships. DAIM defines a Master Model of the product and a series of abstractions called Functional Models - one for each domain-specific aspect of the product and two transformations, called idealization and mapping, between the master model and each functional model. PFEM extends the representation to families of products and their components; it also extends design rationale to the capture of the rationale for the evolution of the families. The framework is intended to: (1) capture product, design rationale, assembly, and tolerance, information from the earliest conceptual design stage - where designers deal with the function and performance of products to the full lifecycle; (2) facilitate the semantic interoperability of next-generation CAD/CAE/CAM systems; and (3) capture the revolution of product families. The relevance of our framework to PLM is that any data component in the framework can be accessed directly by a PLM system, providing fine-grained access to the products description and design rationale.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Product Lifecycle Management
Conference Location
, 1


Core Product Model, framework, lifecycle, Open Assembly Model


Fenves, S. , Sriram, R. , Rachuri, S. and Wang, F. (2003), A Product Information Modeling Framework For Product Lifecycle Management, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Product Lifecycle Management, , 1, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created May 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021