IMRAN, M. and YOUNG, R.I.M., 2015. Reference ontologies for interoperability across multiple assembly systems. International Journal of Production Research, 54 (18), pp. 5381-5403.
The role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is crucial for future manufacturing organisations in order
to support effective collaboration and information sharing. However, the contemporary ICT-based systems lack the
required ability to adequately support interoperability across multiple domain systems. The capability of such ICT-based
systems to interoperate is impeded by the semantic conflicts arising from loosely defined meanings and intents of the
participating system concepts. The aim of this paper is to investigate the interoperability of assembly systems at multiple
levels of concept specialisations using the concept of a formal reference ontology. Formal ontologies are providing a
promising way to computationally capture the domain meanings which can subsequently provide a base to support
interoperability across multiple systems and in our case multiple assembly systems. This paper takes the example of
manufacturing bill of materials concept and three different domain-specific interpretations to explore and demonstrate the
potential of formal reference ontologies to support interoperability.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Production Research on 28 Sep 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2015.1087654
This work was supported by Loughborough University [grant number 10.13039/501100000857].