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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 340; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8030340

An Integrated Open Approach to Capturing Systematic Knowledge for Manufacturing Process Innovation Based on Collective Intelligence

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Key Laboratory of Road Construction Technology and Equipment of MOE, School of Construction Machinery, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710064, China
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
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Received: 3 February 2018 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 27 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Sustainable Manufacturing Systems)
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Process innovation plays a vital role in the manufacture realization of increasingly complex new products, especially in the context of sustainable development and cleaner production. Knowledge-based innovation design can inspire designers’ creative thinking; however, the existing scattered knowledge has not yet been properly captured and organized according to Computer-Aided Process Innovation (CAPI). Therefore, this paper proposes an integrated approach to tackle this non-trivial issue. By analyzing the design process of CAPI and technical features of open innovation, a novel holistic paradigm of process innovation knowledge capture based on collective intelligence (PIKC-CI) is constructed from the perspective of the knowledge life cycle. Then, a multi-source innovation knowledge fusion algorithm based on semantic elements reconfiguration is applied to form new public knowledge. To ensure the credibility and orderliness of innovation knowledge refinement, a collaborative editing strategy based on knowledge lock and knowledge–social trust degree is explored. Finally, a knowledge management system MPI-OKCS integrating the proposed techniques is implemented into the pre-built CAPI general platform, and a welding process innovation example is provided to illustrate the feasibility of the proposed approach. It is expected that our work would lay the foundation for the future knowledge-inspired CAPI and smart process planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: manufacturing process innovation; computer-aided innovation; open innovation; collective intelligence; knowledge management; knowledge-based engineering manufacturing process innovation; computer-aided innovation; open innovation; collective intelligence; knowledge management; knowledge-based engineering
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Wang, G.; Hu, Y.; Tian, X.; Geng, J.; Hu, G.; Zhang, M. An Integrated Open Approach to Capturing Systematic Knowledge for Manufacturing Process Innovation Based on Collective Intelligence. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 340.

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