X. G. Ming

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (20)2.99 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: It has become an important trend in the manufacturing industry that service is used to enhance the competitiveness of businesses as well as an important source of values. Aiming to extend the achievements of product configuration in manufacturing industry to service industry, an ontology-based product–service configuration approach is presented in this paper. Firstly, value attributes of product–service are defined based on the analysis of customer demands. And the demand cluster method is proposed to identify value demands of customers. Secondly, the modular system of product–service is established which is the basis of building product–service ontology. Thirdly, the product–service configuration method based on ontology modeling is put forward. Finally, the proposed approach to product–service configuration is demonstrated by an example of configuring service packages of civil aircraft materials.
    Computers in Industry 01/2013; · 1.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a step-by-step implementation framework for lean product development (LPD), from the marketing research on product development process, product design to the launch of final production. Design/methodology/approach – The research approach taken in this paper is built around the primary industry cases, practical approaches and partial solutions available within the existing literature. Findings – The most recent improvement of LPD, from the authors' perspective, focuses on tools and implementation for LPD. In this paper, a detailed step-by-step implementation is given after the framework is introduced. Led by value and waste analysis in product development, different tools and techniques which can be used to eliminate wastes were discussed briefly, and then the implementation from Doing the Right Thing to Doing the Right Thing for company transition to lean were proposed elaborately. Research limitations/implications – Due to time and economic environment limitations, the authors have not covered and implemented this approach in all existing different environments to ensure that it is robust. Originality/value – The approach described here seeks to overcome other frameworks' weaknesses in terms of the realistic aspect and feasibility, and combines more existing best practice from industry, consultancy and academia into a step-by-step framework for the achievement of effective LPD.
    Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 01/2012; 23(1):4-24.
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    ABSTRACT: Since the early 1990s, the driver in our economy has been changing from production of material goods to product-service offers based on knowledge and information. More and more researchers, institutes, and programs paid attention to product service systems (PSS) in the last decade because PSS integrates tangible artifact and intangible service to achieve sustainable, improve enterprise competitiveness, and meet customer needs better. In order to respond to the industrial trend towards PSS and guide enterprises to develop PSS, this article aims to propose a framework of modular development for PSS. After a brief review on PSS development, six dimensions of modular product-service were introduced which are the basis of modular development. The process of modular development was proposed which are divided into three parts by order: functional, product, and service modularizations. Functional modularization realizes the planning of product-service family and the design of interface dimension and collaboration dimension. Product modularization realizes the product dimension and production dimension. Service modularization realizes the service dimension and process dimension. Finally, a case study on PSS development was proposed according to the method of modular development.
    Concurrent Engineering: R&A. 01/2011; 19:85-96.
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    ABSTRACT: As present trends in economic and population growth continue, the natural environment is increasingly being stressed. More and more researchers, institutes and programmes have paid attention to product-service systems (PSSes) in the last decade because PSS integrates tangible artefact and intangible service to achieve sustainability, improve enterprise competitiveness, and meet customer needs better. In order to respond to the industrial trend towards PSS and frame the related research, the state-of-the-art of PSS research and development are reported. Furthermore, in order to integrate fragmental PSS solutions, this paper proposes a framework for product-service lifecycle management (PSLM) and technologies of PSS development. So, four categories are focused on: review of PSS, research about PSS development, a framework for PSLM, and technologies for PSLM (modular product-service development and ontology-based product-service knowledge expression and reuse). The preliminary solution of the implementation roadmap and technologies for PSLM which need to be perfected is proposed to lay a basis for further development and application of PSS for the benefit of industries.
    International Journal of Production Research - INT J PROD RES. 01/2011;
  • C.L. Zhao, X.G. Ming, X.H. Wang, D. Li
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    ABSTRACT: Manufacturing industries adapt ESI (Early Supplier Involvement) to provide new products in shorter time. High-levels collaboration between members of virtual enterprise has become essential for the most advanced competiveness. However, benefits of ESI do not offset difficulties inherent in managing project across organization. To address this need, a framework of Supplier involved Collaborative Project Management (SiCPM) for project lifecycle collaboration is proposed in this study. The details of scenario and models, system architecture for project lifecycle collaboration with supplier are also depicted. It's hoped that the proposed models and approaches will lay a frontier basis for further research and development of collaborative project management within virtual enterprise.
    Information Science and Engineering (ICISE), 2009 1st International Conference on; 01/2010
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    Yi Lin, X. G. Ming
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    ABSTRACT: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) manages product data and processes and generally forms a huge product knowledge base, but how to leverage it for later product development is not well emphasised and discussed. Based on the practices of PLM implementation, a model of multi-level contextual knowledge management, called C-A-B, was proposed which contains three elements (knowledge context, knowledge aspects and knowledge base) and two engines (aspects mapping engine and knowledge acquisition engine). The context was constructed by leveraging the nature of WBS and workflow in PLM which provides a scenario for product knowledge capture and sharing. Knowledge retrieval was triggered by context and complete by passing contextual attributes to knowledge base through knowledge aspect. A system based on C-A-B model was developed for a vehicle OEM which demonstrates the add-on value to PLM adoption, making the knowledge access and sharing more efficient and productive in context.
    IJCAT. 01/2010; 37:279-286.
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    ABSTRACT: Increasing economic competition, globalisation and well-informed demand is constantly challenging companies. Past research efforts paid to supplier-involved Collaborative Product Development (CPD) mainly related on collaboration method, platform, tools and standards. Unlike the past, the performance of an enterprise now depends much on the performance of its partners in the value chain. To address such challenges, this study proposes a framework of supplier-involved CPD and a new method to analyse the collaborative scenario and interaction relationships. A new supplier-involved CPD framework in product lifecycle management is presented in details in this paper, which consists of three layers: Supplier Collaborative Business model, Supplier Collaborative Process model and Supplier Collaborative Operation model. The collaborative scenario and interaction is analysed using five processes, which are product planning, conceptual design, detailed design, design review and project management. A case study is demonstrated to show the efficiency and effectiveness of the framework developed in this paper.
    IJCAT. 01/2010; 37:244-256.
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    Quan Zhang, X. G. Ming, Changde Lu
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    ABSTRACT: Conceptual Colour Design (CCD) is a key step in product innovation. And to identify whether colours meet market demands is crucial for making right conceptual design. Thus a new reliability evaluation method of CCD is proposed in this paper. Firstly, a pure reliability evaluation model is presented according to the Euclidean distance between colour design ideas and market demand. Secondly, RS theory is introduced into calculating weights of influencing factors of colour market demand. The process of constructing decision table of colour RS and extracting weights is presented in detail. Thirdly, an integrated reliability model considering the Euclidean distance and weights of influencing factors is given. Finally, a CCD case of dress is analysed using this method. The results show the evaluation method is practical and effective.
    IJCAT. 01/2010; 37:204-209.
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    Rong Wang, Jian-Hua Ji, X. G. Ming
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    ABSTRACT: Information goods supply chain partnership is the contract relationship of co-opetition (Brandenburger and Nalebuf, 1996) innovation in nature. The main findings are as following: in the threat of strategic substituting from industrial competitor of information goods, the government subsidy policy for information goods supply chain makes up the lack of incentives to original innovation due to innovation externalities, improves information goods supply chain partners' incentives to cooperative innovation, reduces industrial competitor's incentives to imitative innovation, and makes supply chain system profit of information goods and social welfare improvement in the incentive policy of government subsidies. The perfect sharing contract may achieve greater effective coordination than non-linear transfer payment contract, along with the strengthening of the innovation basis and the extent to which partners absorb and transform technological innovation knowledge, and the improvement of intellectual property protection environment and the degree of intellectual property protection.
    IJCAT. 01/2010; 37:297-306.
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    ABSTRACT: Quite a few investigations have been carried out on modularity in product development. However, the presence of various perspectives, representations, and different problems hamper a holistic comprehension of modular products development (MPD) or modularity. This article is developed to give a deeper understanding of MPD. An evolutionary history of modularity, consisting of five stages, is introduced. The relationships among the benefits of modularity, such as cost-reduction, diversity, and innovation ability are then discussed in detail along with their relationships to related research issues. The implementation aspect of MPD is explained in three tiers: central, mediate, and peripheral. It shows that former theories and methods can hardly meet the needs of MPD application in real practice, and that metrics and measurement cannot take into account the degree of modularity, and cost-reduction becomes unclear and more complex. Based on this, a new powerful approach with 15 convenient steps for MPD is presented and compared with former reported research results. Also, recommendations for future research have been suggested.
    Concurrent Engineering: R&A. 01/2009; 17:291-300.
  • Concurrent Engineering: R&A. 01/2008; 16:241.
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    ABSTRACT: Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) system plays an important role in helping manufacturing companies move towards enterprise-wide automation in achieving competitive advantages. Manufacturing process planning plays a significant role by providing concurrent integration capabilities, from design to planning, scheduling and manufacturing. A concurrent manufacturing process planning architecture has been developed to support the integration of process planning with design, manufacturing, Capacity Planning and Scheduling (CPS) for tooling production. A prototype system based on this system architecture has been developed and tested in a tooling job shop, with satisfactory results.
    IJMTM. 01/2008; 14:17-34.
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    ABSTRACT: Under the trend of lean product development thinking, more parts of a product were out-sourced or off-shored, which brings the challenges of collaboration between core enterprise and its suppliers. Both the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and its suppliers are moving toward quickly providing better products in shorter time by establishing the virtual enterprise. So, effective and efficient collaboration between them throughout the entire product and project lifecycle is becoming significantly important for the win-win situation. To address this need, a scenario for collaborative project management with supplier involvement is proposed in this article. What and how to collaborate with supplier are proposed as well. The system architecture, and the corresponding function, information, process collaboration methods are developed and implemented in this study. Indeed, it is hoped that the development of such a system for the collaboration of project lifecycle in virtual enterprise will lay the frontier basis for the further research of effective project management within virtual enterprise to pursue the most advanced competitiveness.
    Concurrent Engineering: R&A. 01/2008; 16:253-261.
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    ABSTRACT: Companies are moving towards quickly providing better customer-centric products and services improve market share and market size with continuously growing revenue. As such, the effective collaboration among customers, developers, suppliers, and manufacturers throughout the entire product lifecycle is becoming much more important for the most advanced competitiveness. To address this need, a framework for product lifecycle collaboration is proposed in this study. The details of these collaboration models throughout the entire product lifecycle are depicted. As one of the key elements in product lifecycle collaboration, technology to support collaborative product manufacturing is proposed, developed and implemented in this study. It is hoped that the developed technology for collaborative product manufacturing will lay a frontier basis for further research and development in product lifecycle management.
    Computers in Industry. 01/2008;
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    ABSTRACT: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is recognized as one of the most effective approaches for better, fast and cheaper product development and management. Mass customization is one of the key technologies in PLM to provide tailored product to end customers with the cost of mass production. Characterized by short production lead-time and dynamic customer requirements with low batch size and high variety, tooling product families are facing the challenge of high production cost. New technology with modular feature-based design to manufacturing collaboration to satisfy the needs of mass production with low cost in tooling industry is developed in this study. A corresponding prototype system is demonstrated to show the efficiency of the technology developed.
    Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing 01/2007; 18(1):185-195. · 1.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Manufacturing process planning plays a significant role by providing collaborative integration capabilities, from design to manufacturing. This situation is more acute in the tooling production industry, which is characterised by short lead-time and frequent dynamic customer requirements. A framework for collaborative integration between computerised design and manufacturing has been developed to support the integration of product design with manufacturing process planning. A prototype system based on this framework has been developed and tested in a tooling job shop with satisfactory results. The integration framework is also expected to be effectively applied in other similar enterprise application domains.
    IJCAT. 01/2007; 30:221-234.
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    X. G. Ming, J. Q. Yan, W. F. Lu, D. Z. Ma
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    ABSTRACT: In the modern global economy, companies are facing ever-increasing challenges for short time-to-market to enter into the market early, for reduced time-to-volume to occupy the market quickly, and for decreased time-to-profit to get return from market shortly. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is recognized as one of the key leading technologies to facilitate companies to overcome these challenges, which will offer companies a new way to rapidly plan, organize, manage, measure, and deliver new products or services much faster, better, and cheaper in an integrated way. Following this trend, this study proposes a full scenario of technology solutions for PLM based on the complete analysis of business drivers, industry requirements, limit of current solution, and recent state-of-the-art review in the domain related to PLM. Potential industrial impact of the developed PLM technology solutions is analyzed. It is hoped that the proposed PLM technology solutions will form the frontier basis for further research, development, and application of PLM systems to quickly adapt to the dynamic changing market for industry companies to pursue the most advanced competitiveness.
    Concurrent Engineering: R&A. 01/2005; 13:311-319.
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    ABSTRACT: Currently, collaborations in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) become a major trend. However, different product lifecycle phases are interrelated. Although collaborative product development ap-proach has been suggested to find a balance among usually conflicted requirements of these phases, but very few in-depth research works have addressed the inherent sequential and iterative natures of the product de-velopment processes coherently. Due to the inter-or intra-phase relationships, a chain of changes is very likely to occur. Modeling and maintaining these relations are hence important in collaborative engineering to evolve the state of the whole system in a stable and consistent manner. This paper elaborates a feature-based, object-oriented and unified approach for the information sharing among multiple applications of PLM col-laboration.
    01/2005;
  • X. G. Ming, C. F. Zhu, W. F. Lu, Q. F. Ni
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    ABSTRACT: In today's digital economy, enterprise application integration is recognized as one of the most important technologies to enable enterprise to quickly adapt to dynamic changing customer requirements. Manufacturing process planning takes the key role in integrated enterprise application systems. To address such a need, the general architecture of manufacturing process planning, including macro-planning and micro-planning, for enterprise application integration is developed. The detailed framework of macro-planning and micro-planning is created based on the general architecture. The serviceoriented architecture, i.e., web service, is applied to develop macro-planning and micro-planning to effectively integrate enterprise application systems. In deed, it is expected that the developed architecture will lay the frontier basis for the further research in manufacturing process planning to meet dynamic business requirements in modern competitive market.
    05/2004;
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    X.G. Ming, Wen Feng Lu
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    ABSTRACT: To satisfy new market requirements, manufacturing industry has shifted from mass production that takes advantage of the scale of production, to quality management that optimizes the internal enterprise functions, to e-manufacturing era that leverage intellectual capital via collaborative innovation. In the same time, the product itself is becoming the most important asset for sustainable business success. Consequently, the effectiveness, efficiency and innovation for the development of the product across the whole product lifecycle are becoming key business factors for manufacturing enterprise to obtain competitive advantages for survival. To tackle such challenges, a new business model called collaborative product services in virtual enterprise is proposed in this paper. The architecture of this new model is developed based on the framework and the application of web service and process management for collaboration product service in virtual enterprise. Indeed, it is hoped that this architecture will lay the foundation for further research and development of effective product lifecycle management in virtually collaborative enterprise environment. Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA)

Publication Stats

72 Citations
2.99 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2007–2010
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • • Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
      • • Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2005
    • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
      Tumasik, Singapore