A proposed lexicon for class definition in a product lifecycle model

Lowell E. Lingo, Utpal Roy

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Abstract

Commonly used terms such as form, function, and behavior often take on varying definitions in the literature related to product design and development. This is especially true as the point of reference moves through various stages of development from conceptual design, through product disposal. This can become problematic from the standpoint of interpretation and implementation when an information model is being created that is intended to be useful to a product throughout its entire lifecycle. A product changes throughout its useful life, so a lifecycle model of a product must also be dynamic and able to grow and age with it. If this is to be the case, descriptive terms and definitions should be specific and retain their definition throughout the life of the model. In this paper, we attempt to select a set of terminology that can be uniquely descriptive of the classes needed to define a product lifecycle model. Terms such as form, function, affordance and behavior are defined within a hierarchy of a product's lifecycle development. Terminology as presented in this context becomes less ambiguous. An example of a home-shop built pendulum clock serves to illustrate the utility of this new design lexicon. The terminology outlined here may not be optimal and significant additions and alterations may be justifiably suggested; but it is hoped that this paper will begin a dialogue eventually resulting in the elimination of much ambiguity in product modeling terminology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
Pages149-157
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 29 2008
EventASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2007Nov 15 2007

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings
Volume3

Other

OtherASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period11/11/0711/15/07

Keywords

  • Affordance
  • Behavior
  • Definitions
  • Form
  • Function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Lingo, L. E., & Roy, U. (2008). A proposed lexicon for class definition in a product lifecycle model. In Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 (pp. 149-157). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings; Vol. 3). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2007-42285