Research Papers

A Semantic Information Services Framework for Sustainable WEEE Management Toward Cloud-Based Remanufacturing

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Kai Xia

State Key Lab of Digital Manufacturing
Equipment and Technology,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan 430074, China
e-mail: kai_xia@126.com

Liang Gao

State Key Lab of Digital Manufacturing
Equipment and Technology,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan 430074, China
e-mail: gaoliang@mail.hust.edu.cn

Lihui Wang

Department of Production Engineering,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm 100 44, Sweden
e-mail: lihuiw@kth.se

Weidong Li

Faculty of Engineering and Computing,
Coventry University,
Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
e-mail: aa3719@coventry.ac.uk

Kuo-Ming Chao

Faculty of Engineering and Computing,
Coventry University,
Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
e-mail: csx240@coventry.ac.uk

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received November 13, 2014; final manuscript received March 4, 2015; published online September 9, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Lihui Wang.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 137(6), 061011 (Sep 09, 2015) (11 pages) Paper No: MANU-14-1588; doi: 10.1115/1.4030008 History: Received November 13, 2014

Sustainable management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has attracted escalating concerns of researchers and industries. Closer information linking among the participants in the products's lifecycle should take place. How to interoperate among the distributed and heterogeneous information systems of various participants is a challenge faced. Targeting the cloud-based remanufacturing, this article aims to develop a semantic information services framework for sustainable WEEE management. In the proposed framework, an ontology based approach is developed to integrate and represent the lifecycle information from multiple local data sources within an information services provider. Meanwhile, a semantic information services management platform is introduced for the advertisement, matchmaking and retrieval of semantic information services. Some relevant techniques used to build the framework are introduced extensively. A demonstration case study on waste LCD TV is used to illustrate the effectiveness and significance of the proposed framework.

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Closed-loop lifecycle of EEE/WEEE developed from Ref. [5]

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Main problems in current EEE/WEEE information sharing mechanism

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Concept data model for the product data

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Main framework architecture

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Example of semantic annotation

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General framework of the service-oriented semantic query

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An example of SPARQL query

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An example of R2RML mapping

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Ontology graph of the extracted classes and objective properties

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Example of SPARQL query for matchmaking of information services

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Sequence diagram of information services retrieval

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Sequence diagram of invoking information services

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Production information about the LCD TV: (a) Exploded view and (b) top-level BOM



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