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Virtual collaborative simulation environment for integrated product and process development

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4 Author(s)
J. P. Harrison ; Deneb Robotics Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, USA ; B. Christensen ; J. Bianco ; M. Gulli

A virtual collaborative engineering (VCE) capability for integrated product and process design (IPPD) has been demonstrated which allows distributed, real-time visualization and evaluation of design concepts, manufacturing processes, the total factory and enterprises in one seamless simulation environment. Deneb's VCE dynamic simulation environment provides a capability for realistic engineering 3D simulations to link integrated product teams over WANs. Users can interactively evaluate design concepts, manufacturing workcells, processes and factory layouts at geographically remote locations to support informal and formal IPPD meetings. Anyone on the network can assume control of the simulation and make changes in real-time that can be visualized by others on the network. Benefits include: facilitating and streamlining design reviews; linking integrated product teams early in acquisition programs; integrating suppliers and users to get early feedback in design; and reducing travel costs and improving communications across integrated product teams throughout a program's life cycle. VCE capability enables interactive graphic simulation and development of key elements, including: system performance requirements; configuration definition; assembly sequences and tooling concepts; shop floor layout; handling requirements; and training. Deneb's VCE capability enables real-time, interactive participation regardless of geographical location and is useful from the earliest system definition activities, through the detail design and engineering development phase, and into production and training activities.

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High Performance Distributed Computing, 1996., Proceedings of 5th IEEE International Symposium on

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6-9 Aug. 1996