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Experimental Centre for System Integration in CIM

Objective

The objective of this project was to provide a centre where tools, subsystems and prototypes developed in ESPRIT CIM projects could be integrated, tested and refined in a near-production environment. The centre, providing the necessary basic hardware, software and manufacturing equipment, was developed from an existing test facility. European standardisation efforts were supported by implementing emerging communications and system architectures standards. The programme was defined as follows:
-definition of the functionality and mode of operation of the centre
-definition of specifications for the communications systems, data structures, hardware subsystems and manufacturing characteristics
-design and installation of software and hardware systems and manufacturing equipment for the Centre
-development of integration modules and an appropriate user interface.
The objective of this project was to provide a centre where tools, subsystems and prototypes developed in European strategic programme for research and development in information technology (ESPRIT) computer integrated manufacture (CIM) projects could be integrated, tested and refined in a near production environment. The centre, providing the necessary basic hardware, software and manufacturing equipment, was developed from an existing test facility. European standardization efforts were supported by implementing emerging communications and system architectures standards. The programme was defined as follows: definition of specifications for the communications systems, data structures, hardware subsystems and manufacturing characteristics; design and installation of software and hardware systems and manufacturing equipment for the centre; and development of integration modules and an appropriate user interface.
The centre architecture is convergent with CIM-open systems architecture (OSA), and the backbone communications network is capable of migration to specifications outlined incommunications network for manufacturing application (CNMA).
All essential elements of the programme have been achieved and the Centre, comprising manufacturing hardware and integrated CAD, CAM and CAP modules, has been installed. The Centre architecture is convergent with that defined in project 688, CIM-OSA, and the backbone communications network is capable of migration to specifications outlined with projects 955 and 2617, CNMA.

Coordinator

Elsag Bailey SpA
Address
Via Puccini 2
16154 Genova
Italy

Participants (5)

Aeritalia Società Aerospaziale Italiana SpA
Italy
Address
Corso Marche 41
10146 Torino
MBLE
Belgium
Address
Rue Des Deux Gares
1070 Brussels
Politecnico di Milano
Italy
Address
Via Bonardi 9
20133 Milano
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)
Germany
Address
Steinbachstraße 53B
52074 Aachen
SOCIETE ETUDES SYSTEMS AUTOMATIONS (SESA)
France
Address
118 Rue De Tocqueville
75017 Paris