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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 277;

Probabilistic Graphical Framework for Estimating Collaboration Levels in Cloud Manufacturing

Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 15588, Korea
School of Business Administration, College of Business and Economics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Academic Editor: Ilkyeong Moon
Received: 14 December 2016 / Revised: 30 January 2017 / Accepted: 10 February 2017 / Published: 16 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Supply Chain Management)
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Cloud manufacturing (CM) is an emerging manufacturing model based on collaboration among manufacturing enterprises in a cloud computing environment. Naturally, collaboration is one of main factors that impacts performance in a variety of ways such as quality, lead time, and cost. Therefore, collaboration levels should be considered when solving operational issues in CM. However, there has been no attempt to estimate these levels between enterprises participating in CM. The collaboration level among enterprises in CM is defined as the ability to produce a manufacturing service that satisfies a customer by means of collaborative production amongst enterprises. We measure it as the conditional probability that collaborative performances are high given collaborative performance factors (e.g., resource sharing, information sharing, etc.). In this paper, we propose a framework for estimating collaboration levels. We adopt a probabilistic graphical model (PGM) to develop the framework, since the framework includes a lot of random variables and complex dependencies among them. The framework yields conditional probabilities that two enterprises will reduce the total cost, improve resource utilization or quality through collaboration between them given each enterprise’s features, collaboration possibility, and collaboration activities. The collaboration levels the proposed framework yields will help to handle diverse operational problems in CM. View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud manufacturing; collaboration level; probabilistic graphical model; collaborative supply chain management cloud manufacturing; collaboration level; probabilistic graphical model; collaborative supply chain management

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Ahn, G.; Park, Y.-J.; Hur, S. Probabilistic Graphical Framework for Estimating Collaboration Levels in Cloud Manufacturing. Sustainability 2017, 9, 277.

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