The challenge of handling material information from different sources

Conference contribution

Publication Details

Author(s): Krehmer H, Wartzack S
Title edited volumes: ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
Publication year: 2011
Volume: 6
Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering 2011 (ICED 11)
Pages range: 293-302


Nowadays there are a lot of different kinds of material information needed in the product development process. This article will analyze the challenge of handling material information from different sources and different phases in the development process of the automotive industry. The needs for various kinds of material information are analyzed by different subjects (legislative regulations, construction design, strategically requirements). The information sources are examined in order to understand the differences and the reasons for the difficulties that occur when integrating the material information into the systems and sources. As a result the main problem will be identified, which is the different semantics or naming of the materials. Two possible solutions to overcome the difficulties and to make the available information accessible are evaluated and compared. These approaches are a data warehouse and an intelligent search engine. On the basis of the evaluation the search engine approach will be identified as the preferred one. While a more sufficient solution to solve the problem of the many sources is presented, this article also provides a solution to overcome the problem of the different semantics. Copyright © 2002-2012 The Design Society. All rights reserved.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Krehmer, Hartmut
Lehrstuhl für Konstruktionstechnik
Wartzack, Sandro Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Konstruktionstechnik

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