Using VRML modelling techniques, HTML, XML and Java languages, the aim of this project will be the development of data bases for small manufacturing companies that have assembling processes distributed in several locations, and in general, using parts from distant providers. The databases would contain the 3D parts representation and the ways they interact to get the final assemble. The software developed will let designers and engineers have a tool for distributed design via Internet, being possible to interact with different parts in the same way as having the parts themselves, in a user-friendly environment, low computer resources consuming. As a core part of the project, the different possibilities and uses of virtual reality interactivity and 3D webs applied to mechanical parts representation and assembling will be introduced in this kind of small companies through a wide plan of information and dissemination, first in Spain.
Using these VRML modelling language and Java, the aim of the project will be development of data bases for small manufacturing companies that have assembling processes that could be distributed in several locations or using parts from distant providers. Final objective will be to demonstrate the benefits to small manufacturing firms of the adoption of 3D interactive representation technologies through a controlled and well-focused experiment. We will make best use of several currently existing and available technologies, but in the context of a well-defined project a real business case of a small steel works company that will improve its representation techniques, precision and accuracy.
WP1 - Management of the project, including Administration and co-ordination of project resources; keeping a good level of communication within the Consortium; Interface with the European Commission; General Monitoring and control of the work plan;
WP2 - In depth analysis of needs and requirements of the industry: design, manufacturing and commercialisation processes in the factory and integration of the new representation techniques. A detailed project scheduling the programming and modelling tasks to the completion of the data base will be developed;
WP3 - Mechanical parts modelling and programming of assemble sequences. Data base programming and implementation as a 3D-web with different access possibilities;
WP4 - Installation, test and validation. The database is implemented and offered to the professional users (designers, engineers) and general users (customers). It will be validated in a real industrial environment;
WP5 - Dissemination and diffusion. This is one of the main parts of the project. The objective will be to enlarge the field of application of the initial results, which will allow a transfer and adaptation of the methods to other sectors, other geographical areas and other public addressees. The software tools developed during the project are expected to be exploited after its end. New versions will be released and a detailed plan of commercial exploitation will be developed.
Milestone 1. Month 4. Analysis and definition of industrial requirements completed;
Milestone 2. Month 10. First draft of the line interactive database finished;
Milestone 3. Month 13. Database installed and working, integrated in the manufacturing process of the end user, training of staff performed and test cases started;
Milestone 4. Month 18. Diffusion activities and exploitation plan performed; End of the project; Final Report.
Funding SchemeACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures
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