Objectives and content
This proposal is based on the user requirements having been obtained on consensus during the pilot phase of the AIT Initiative (EP7704). This initiative aims to push forward the competitiveness of European Industry in Design and Manufacturing processes in key industrial sectors through the appropriate integration of Information Technology.
Process planning has been identified by the AIT Pilot phase to be a complex, important domain of the manufacturing engineering business process. Hence the application of up-to-date computer support has the potential to provide substantial improvement. resulting in better quality process plans with less effort of resources and in 3 shorter time.
The development and validation of an integrated, automated process planning system will be the key 10 tap this source of rationalisation. Important elements to be covered by this activities are:
- the full integration with adjacent systems like Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP),
- the capabiliy to learn by applying achieved results to similar new tasks, - the extensive utilisation of the services of the AIT Information Technology Reference Model (1TRM).
Particularly the complementing AIT-activities towards feature-based product modelling (with the product definition accessable in STEP format) can only be fully exploited, when equivalent procedures are applied for transforming these product data into the manufacturing model. describing the suitable processes and other more detailed information of their performance. The close co-ordination of these two related fields of activities (beyond the regular AIT co-ordination) will be safeguarded through the joint project co-ordinator AEG. Due to the more IT-dominated nature of the feature-based modelling, that proposal will be submitted against the appropriate task (liM 8.2) of the ESPRIT workprogramme.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
BS99 7AR Bristol
78140 Vélizy Villacoublay
B90 3JJ Solihull
1324 KW Almere Stad
NG8 6PE Nottingham
NG7 2RD Nottingham