This paper presents a theoretical approach to workflow process management using well established PDM functions for controlling knowledge and information to support collaborative product development processes within the WWW. The new methodology is called Workflow Activity Task Controller (WATC) that can securely distribute design and manufacturing knowledge to support process planning with information exchange during the early stages of the product development phases. Most specifically, WATC uses the methods described herein to link the workflow management of a PDM system with a knowledge-based system and a process planning system. In addition, this framework is flexible and adaptive and can be extended to adapt to a specific company’s needs. The objective and the intention of the development are to improve information flows, promote sharing of design and manufacturing knowledge and subsequently to maximise effectiveness of product development activities and task efficiency.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2003|
|Event||12th Symposium of Product Data Technology EUROPE - Manchester Conference Centre, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Nov 2003 → 5 Nov 2003
|Conference||12th Symposium of Product Data Technology EUROPE|
|Period||3/11/03 → 5/11/03|