Representing Group Technology Classification And Coding Techniques With Object Oriented Modeling Principles


The purpose of this paper is to show the common basis of several object-oriented design modeling principles as compared with those used in classification and coding (C&C) for group technology applications. Five types of decision tree (E-trees, N-trees, X-trees, D- trees, and C-trees) are shown to be in exact correspondence with the object-oriented modeling principles generalization with disjoint subclasses, generalization with overlapping subclasses, classification, generalization with restriction, and aggregation, respectively. In addition, C&C modeling and subsequent database implementation are shown to be enhanced through application of such object- oriented modeling principles as association and role names. Finally, a case study is presented that illustrates the application of these principles in the design and implementation of a C&C system for abrasive flow machining. © 1995 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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1545-8830; 0740-817X

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1995