Virtual Factory Framework: Key Enabler For Future Manufacturing

This paper presents the underlying models and ideas at the foundation of a new conceptual framework for the generation Virtual Factory implementation

Paolo Pedrazzoli

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • A primary concept highlighted in the “Manufuture Strategic Research Agenda” is the innovating production
  • The idea includes new business models and approaches to industrial engineering that need to be supported by ground-breaking Information and Communication Technologies
  • This paper presents the underlying models and ideas at the foundation of a new conceptual framework for the generation Virtual Factory implementation, consistent with the Manufuture vision, meant to lay the basis for future works and applications in this research area
  • The Virtual Factory Framework hereinafter presented lays the basis to simultaneously address all interrelated aspects of product, process and plant life cycle, from design to disposal/recycling, supporting engineers, operating in networks, with knowledge intensive ICT tools based on standardised platform
  • The VFF represents a fundamental cornerstone for the generation virtual manufacturing that addresses the issues discussed related to previous approaches: the VFF will be used as an object oriented framework to support single and group work in an immersive and interactive way, for concurrent product design, prototyping and manufacturing, as well as worker training, providing support for data analysis, visualization, advanced interaction, presence within the virtual environment, and collaborative decision-making
  • The VFF implements the framework for a object oriented collaborative virtualized environment, representing a variety of factory activities meant to facilitate the sharing of factory resources, manufacturing information and knowledge and supports the simulation of design, planning, production and management among different participants
  • A software application based on this concept has been created and tested, demonstrating the results of the application of such a framework

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