Integrated information framework for agile manufacturing

Liugen Song, Rakesh Nagi

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To make a transition to the agile industry, where manufacturing firms cooperate under virtual enterprise structures, we need to develop mechanisms for agile partners to cooperate flexibly and dynamically. This paper proposes an information framework for virtual enterprises which are formed by collaborating manufacturing partners. An individual partner, with its information system, can plug in (out) of the virtual enterprise supported by a communication network such as the 'Factory America Network'. It is through the integration of these partner information systems that information management is possible in collaborative activities. The conceptual information system for an agile manufacturer consists of two hierarchies: the information hierarchy and the transaction hierarchy. The information hierarchy represents agile information using Object Oriented Methodology (OOM), and the transaction hierarchy models partner transaction management using a Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) accommodating expert rules. Using the Client-Server architecture, we are able to build and integrate partner information systems flexibly and dynamically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 5th Industrial Engineering Research Conference - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: May 18 1996May 20 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 5th Industrial Engineering Research Conference
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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