The application of UML to the design of processes supporting product configuration management

P. Jiang, Quentin Mair, Julian Newman

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    Abstract

    Product configuration management (PCM) is an important issue for complex products with long life cycles. In this paper a unified-modelling-language (UML)-based approach is introduced to define a PCM process model developed, as part of the Framework V DIECoM project, for use in the aerospace and automotive industries. This paper presents an integrated modelling methodology that extends the semantics of UML to support the automated generation of workflow management coalition (WfMC) XML process definition language (XPDL) workflow templates from XML metadata interchange (XMI) definitions. As a result workflow definition is achieved by transforming the XMI file, representing the serialized UML model, into XPDL by the application of a customized extensible stylesheet language (XSL) stylesheet. The modelling methodology is illustrated using the change configuration management process. The process model is defined using Rational Rose and transformed into XPDL for workflow enactment using ENOVIA LCA.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006

    Keywords

    • business process modelling
    • XML
    • UML
    • product configuration management

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