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Concurrent engineering oriented CAx/DFx information integration

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3 Author(s)
Zhang, Heming ; Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 ; Xiong, Guangleng ; Zhang, Yuyun

The information integration, especially in CAD/CAPP/CAM, is a basis for realizing the integrated and concurrent product development in Concurrent Engineering (CE) environment. The integration technology based on STEP application protocol gives an effective way for the CAx/DFx information integration. This paper discusses the characteristics of concurrent product development, analyzes the methodology and technology of STEP, proposes an information integration approach based on STEP AP214, and presents the strategy of product data integration and an integration system implementation architecture. The integration technology based on STEP application protocol and the ST-Developer tools is realized in a prototype system to support product data integration between CAD and its follow up systems through STEP physical file and STEP information exchange interface.

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Tsinghua Science and Technology  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 2 )