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Sustainability through Lifecycle Synthesis of Material Information



Paul W. Witherell, Katherine C. Morris, Anantha Narayanan Narayanan, Jae H. Lee, Sudarsan Rachuri


The synthesis of material information across lifecycle stages will lay the foundation for a material information model to support sustainable decision making. This paper explores how material information is represented in select standards that address product and process information at different lifecycle stages. We discuss some of the challenges in synthesizing information between these standards, and explore the use of ontologies as a means to create and manage material information across a lifecycle. We discuss the potential benefits of fully synthesizing material information across the lifecycle, and the potential applications of a material information model that possesses this capability.
Proceedings Title
Re-engineering Manufacturing for Sustainability
Conference Dates
April 17-19, 2013
Conference Location
Conference Title
20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE)


Material Information Model, PLM standards, information modeling, ontologies, sustainable manufacturing


Witherell, P. , Morris, K. , , A. , Lee, J. and Rachuri, S. (2013), Sustainability through Lifecycle Synthesis of Material Information, Re-engineering Manufacturing for Sustainability, Singapore, -1, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 19, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017