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Representing the relationship between items in logical bill-of-material to support customers' requests for quotation for make-to-order products
Author(s): Naken Wongvasu; Sagar V. Kamarthi
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Paper Abstract

For make-to-order products in which the specification of some component-product variants are to be defined by customers, it is almost impossible to develop a bill-of-material system that supports customers' requests for quotation (RFQ) response activities using the existing bill-of-material concepts. To deal with this problem, a new technique for representing the relationship between parent-product variants and componenent- product variants in the generic bill-of-material (GBOM) structure is developed. The new technique is based on an assumption that the relationship between any two components in a product structure has pairwise independent property. The technique represents the relationship with compatibility constraints in the form of matrices and rules. The new representation provides users with a means to describing variants of make-to-order products as well as supporting the customers' RFQ response activities with only a limited amount of data which is comprehensive, easy to maintain, and easy to understand.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III, (13 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403638
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Naken Wongvasu, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Sagar V. Kamarthi, Northeastern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4192:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Angappa Gunasekaran, Editor(s)

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