Ontology-based Collaborative Assembly in the Low-Volume High-Variability Manufacturing

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Forming collaborative assembly along supply chains is a challenge in the presence of resource limitations. This paper presents an Ontology-driven Assembly Design Method (OADM) to facilitate the design of demand-driven SME collaborations envisioned in digital transformation initiatives such as
Industry 4.0. The Relevance cycle addresses the key requirement to reducing coordination costs of such SME collaborations. The Design cycle develops the ontology, which includes: (i) goals, supplier processes, and resources as
hierarchies of classes; (ii) properties to interconnect these classes; and (iii) SWRL rules to derive a possible combination of process steps to reach the goal of collaborative assembly. The feedback from SME Cluster managers indicates that OADM is a promising approach to overcoming barriers to planning demand-driven SME collaborations. The Rigor cycle explains its contribution to collaborative industrial engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control - International Federation of Automatic Control
Subtitle of host publicationIFAC-PapersOnLine
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)2405-8963
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2022

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2405-8963


  • Collaboration Design
  • Industry 4.0
  • Ontology-driven Engineering


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