A FRAMEWORK FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF PRODUCT STRUCTURES
Editor: M.Tichem, T.Storm, M.M. Andreasen, A.H.B. Duffy
Author: McKay, Alison
Page(s): 75 - 86
The integration of the multiple product structures that typically ()u.:ur in a business process is one way in which the business process itself may be enhanced. As with the integration of engineering applications 1 , different approaches to this integration may be taken. For example, some propose the creation of a single [master] product structure (which is analogous to the integration of engineering applications through product data sharing) whilst others suggest keeping the separate product structures but defining relationships between them (which has parallels with the integration of engineering applications through product data exchange). Choosing the appropriate solution for a given situation requires understanding of the product structures that are to be integrated. This paper proposes a framework for the characterization of product structures that is intended to contribute to this understanding. For a given product structure, the framework looks at the kinds of information that are represented and the purpose (in the light of the business process) for which the product structure has been created. The potential usefulness of the framework in comparing and contrasting different product structures is illustrated through a worked example.