Professor of Operations Management
In a manufacturing system, the authors need to capture collaborative processes among its components in order to clearly define supporting functions of a system. However, pervasive process modeling techniques, including IDEF3, Petri Nets, and UML, are not sufficient for modeling collaborative processes.Therefore, the authors have developed a novel modeling method referred to as Collaborative Process Modeling (CPM) to describe collaborative processes. CPM models can be transformed into Marked Graph models so that we can use the analysis power of Petri Nets.In this paper, the authors first briefly discuss these process modeling techniques. Then, the authors illustrate the CPM method and transformation rules with illustrative examples.CPM allows them to develop collaborative process models, understand and facilitate the realization of collaboration, and verify models before moving onto development.