A product-service system using requirement analysis and knowledge management technologies

Haihua Zhu (College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
James Gao (School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, UK)
Qixiang Cai (College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 5 May 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Product-service system (PSS) has been attracting attentions of global manufacturing to providing high-value added services in addition to their traditional product development and manufacturing business. For this reason, it is of great importance to research PSS. The purpose of this paper is to establish a systematic strategy and a system tool for PSS design.

Design/methodology/approach

A requirement-driven product-service system (RdPPS) is developed using requirements analysis and knowledge management technologies. A framework is proposed to support RdPPS by providing tools and methods for requirement analysis and processing, formalization of PSS by ontology-based knowledge representation, reasoning method for PSS solution finding, and solution optimizing and assessing. Finally, the design support strategies for RdPPS are investigated to demonstrate the usability and functioning of the developed system.

Findings

Many conventional design methods did not consider the influence of customer requirements (CRs) during the planning phase of PSS design. Moreover, a broader range of knowledge is required to PSS design, since both products and services are considered.

Research limitations/implications

This research provides a solid foundation for PSS, and promotes an effective means for PSS design.

Originality/value

A RdPSS is presented. CRs are considered during the design phase of PSS as well as both product and service knowledge.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Jiangsu Planned Projects for Postdoctoral Research Funds (No. 1302021C) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. NS2015050).

Citation

Zhu, H., Gao, J. and Cai, Q. (2015), "A product-service system using requirement analysis and knowledge management technologies", Kybernetes, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 823-842. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-11-2014-0244

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