US Patent No. 9,098,854

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A GLOBAL REPRESENTATION OF A PRODUCT DEFINITION


Patent No. 9,098,854
Issue Date August 04, 2015
Title Method And System For Generating A Global Representation Of A Product Definition
Inventorship Jian Lin, Chelsea, MI (US)
Bryan Roger Goodman, Northville, MI (US)
James Beardslee, Grosse Pointe, MI (US)
Veera V. M. L. Ganesh Babu Alla, Farmington Hills, MI (US)
Martin Pipoly, Davisburg, MI (US)
Ravindranatha Kundoor, Farmington Hills, MI (US)
Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, Novi, MI (US)
Yu-Ning Liu, Ann Arbor, MI (US)
Melinda Kaye Hunsaker, Canton, MI (US)
Yakov M. Fradkin, Farmington Hills, MI (US)
David Mark Newton, Cologne (DE)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,098,854

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a global representation of a product definition, the method comprising:
receiving at one or more computers local representation of a product definition that includes at least one feature family,
wherein each feature family includes data defining one or more product features, and the product definition further including
one or more corresponding rules defining one or more relationships between one or more product features, and the product definition
being stored in a computer storage medium associated with the one or more computers;

receiving from the one or more computers input selecting one or more feature families of interest;
identifying the one or more rules that provide a relationship connecting the one or more feature families to the selected
feature families of interest;

converting the identified rules to one or more positive logic rule groups; and
generating one or more global representations of the product definition, wherein the one or more global representations are
generated by interacting the one or more positive logic rule groups to produce a result that defines the relationship between
the interacted positive logic rule groups and storing the results that are determined as being valid.