Abstract

This paper discusses the integrated product and production data management for mass customization production which is characterized by a large number of variety. A data structure, called Bill-of-Materials-and-Operations (BOMO), is proposed for the purpose of unifying BOMs and routings in order to facilitate better production planning and control, as well as order processing and engineering change control. To deal with variety effectively, a generic BOMO concept is put forward based on an understanding of a generic variety structure developed in the paper for characterizing variety. The merits of the generic BOMO for integrated product and production data management are detailed in terms of customer order processing, engineering change control, production job planning, costing, and integrated material and capacity planning. A prototype implementation of the proposed generic BOMO methodology in souvenir clock manufacturing is also reported.

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