Tooling design and manufacturing processes in the mechanical domain (large series) is very wide and complex. Today CAx systems don't provide throughout processing. It is missing consistent (object oriented) management of information, e.g. geometric, non geometric information, NC data, shop floor information. Form features, parametrics, interactive programming and dynamic linking are needed to complement the use of CAx systems. For some tools, form and information features can be defined as standards to avoid duplication of effort. This object oriented approach is not limited to tools to produce parts, but can also be applied to tools to assemble parts (e.g. welding guns) or any kind of reusable objects. From the information management point of view, even more complex manufacturing components like robots and NC machine-tools can be described using the same methods.
The objective of ODEM is to define an infrastructure for an object-oriented information management system. This includes the management of geometry, attributes, non-geometric information, process data and engineering knowledge in the field of design and manufacturing. This will further include the automated generation of bills of material, process work planning and manufacturing information and the standardisation of design methods for stamping tools. Standardisation should permit increased availability & applicability of information management systems for objects providing real benefits.
This project will use and refine the data model created as part of the ITRM. The results are specifications and demonstrators. Definition of the detailed functionality of the demonstrators will respect the integration platform specifications within the ITRM.
All partners of the consortium are convinced that this new approach to the description of real objects and their re-use in design and manufacturing work is an appropriate way to reduce internal work. All partners are committed to encouraging the up-take of this technology. The IT-vendors have invested already in this object-oriented technology and aim to ensure a smooth transition of the project's results into commercial products.
Funding SchemeIIF - Marie Curie actions-Incoming International Fellowships
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