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ISSN : 1598-7248 (Print)
ISSN : 2234-6473 (Online)
Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Vol.9 No.1 pp.1-9

Product Variety Modeling Based on Formal Concept Analysis

Taioun Kim†
Department of Industrial and Management Engineering Kyungsung University
Received, March 11, 2009; Revised, August 29 & November 23, 2009; Accepted, January 13, 2010


Increasing product variety based on product family and product platform provides a company with acompetitive advantage over its competitors. As products become more complex, short-life cycled and customized,the design efforts require more knowledge-intensive, collaborative and coordinating efforts for informationsharing. By sharing knowledge, information, component and process across different families of products,the product realization process will be more efficient, cost-effective and quick-responsive. Formal ConceptAnalysis (FCA) is used for analyzing data and forming semantic structures that are formal abstractions ofconcepts of human thoughts. A Web Ontology Language (OWL) is designed for applications that need to processthe content of information instead of simply presenting information to humans. OWL also captures the evolutionof different components of the product family. The purpose of this paper is to develop product variety modelingto increase the usefulness of common platform. In constructing and analyzing product ontology, FCA is adoptedfor conceptual knowledge processing. For the selected product family, product variety Ontology is constructedand implemented using protégé-2000.



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