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Fifth International Conference on Factory 2000 - The Technology Exploitation Process

2-4 April 1997

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  • Industrial coatings used in the orthopaedic industry to reduce wear

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):509 - 512
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    This paper describes some of the findings from tests which look at the protection offered by surface coating both the metal and plastic surfaces of prostheses. All joints experience some form of wear and consequently produce debris. Accumulation of debris can cause adverse cellular reactions resulting in loosening of the prosthesis through bone resorption. Suitable treatments and coatings include ... View full abstract»

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  • Implementing concurrent engineering in different environments: factors for success

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):153 - 159
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    It is not surprising that companies face challenges in determining the sort of concurrent engineering solution that they require given the multiplicity of ways that it has been considered. Concurrent engineering has been viewed at a tactical level in terms of a series of disparate tools, techniques and organisational structures that when implemented together form concurrent engineering. Typical el... View full abstract»

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  • Computer integrated design: its benefits and application

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):215 - 222
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    A computer-integrated design methodology based around a robust finite element model has been developed to assist in the design of commercial vehicle drum brakes. The methodology complements formalised design procedures by enabling more data to be manipulated more quickly and so by improves design effectiveness. The resources required to establish brake behaviour by both experimental testing and an... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a PC-Windows based universal control system

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):284 - 287
    Cited by:  Patents (13)
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    The prototype of a new, `Universal' PC-based controller software system is described. The background, philosophy and architecture of the Naples Coombe controller is presented. It is shown that the ease of use and structure of the system enables simple adaptation to a wide variety of applications, including retrofitted upgrades of existing plant. A recent industrial application illustrates the robu... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing IT: lessons from case studies of e-mail

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):145 - 152
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    Adoption and implementation of electronic messaging systems in large international organisations creates a number of non-technical problems. Based on results of case studies of organisational implementations of e-mail services these issues are identified and discussed, and the strategies employed to overcome them analysed. Subsequently, end-user issues related to messaging services are discussed. ... View full abstract»

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  • High speed indexing of a chain based conveyor

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):491 - 495
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    This paper describes the research being undertaken into the position control of high speed, chain based, indexing conveyors. The design and construction of the laboratory test rig is described and the performance results for the system operating under PID control are presented. Factors causing performance degradation are identified and the advantages and disadvantages of using PID controllers is d... View full abstract»

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  • The testing of thin films

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):63 - 68
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    This paper describes an instrument being developed by Rhopoint Instrumentation Ltd. in conjunction with Kingston University. The instrument is based on a proof of concept model developed by Reading (1992). The instrument automatically monitors the build up of mechanical and rheological properties in coatings drying on a test panel, across a range of temperatures. This paper describes the design an... View full abstract»

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  • Time based process mapping, process capability and business benefits

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):207 - 214
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    This paper presents a generic nine step procedural methodology for minimising and closing the disconnect between an organisations current manufacturing ability and the product design requirements, in order that customer satisfaction be maximised and business performance improved. The technique of time-based process mapping was applied to an aerospace component within the context of manufacturing p... View full abstract»

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  • The introduction of an holistic design approach through a teaching company scheme

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):278 - 283
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    Traditional design approaches separate the various functions of design such as material selection, performance modelling and tolerance specification into discrete entities. Whilst this allows more focused methods to be used at each stage, areas of conflict or benefit may be overlooked, and the designer is left to bring the loose ends together. This paper looks at a synthesis approach that draws up... View full abstract»

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  • A technique for projecting the product model throughout the organisation via commercially available, feature-based CAD systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):337 - 345
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Concurrent engineering has now established itself as a credible methodology for assisting organisations streamline their product development processes. Concurrent engineering, in terms of teamworking, unity, trust, value and knowledge sharing can only result from consistent, accurate product data being made available to all seminal functions. Technical integration, in terms of consistent product d... View full abstract»

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  • Bringing new products to the market. Wire knitting machines case study

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):257 - 262
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    In order to survive, knitting machinery manufacturers have had to acquire competitive advantage from designing speciality machines for nontraditional applications. This paper considers the joint marketing and research and development effort required to exploit existing technology for innovative applications. The company described has developed a range of high-speed circular knitting machines to ma... View full abstract»

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  • Manufacturing control systems - moving towards the enterprise model

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):388 - 394
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    This paper reviews developments in manufacturing control systems which have taken place over the last twenty years. These developments have been in response to the increasing complexity of manufacturing operations found in a range of different industrial sectors. The review is supported by references drawn from surveys and major research projects. The paper covers a recently completed study of the... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering technologies falling down on the life environment

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):139 - 144
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    After eighty years of explosion of computer engineering in industry and extensive projects of computer integrated manufacturing, many firms start to deal intensively also with new organizational structures, form better utilisation of human potential and search a new ecological strategy in designing and operation of manufacturing complexes. In the effort to tackle the depressing ecological situatio... View full abstract»

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  • Data collection for reactive process planning and scheduling

    Publication Year: 1997
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    Summary form only given. The increasing importance of agility in manufacture has led to a demand for more flexible, powerful and reactive process planning and scheduling tools. This requires manufacturing practice to be improved, streamlined and run in parallel. There is a need for a data collection strategy which is simple, uniform and affordable by SMEs, preferably based on standard networking. ... View full abstract»

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  • Development of ultra-precision machining technology

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):486 - 490
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    Ultra-precision machining based on single-point diamond turning and ultra-precision diamond grinding enables economic production of optical, mechanical and electronic components or products with form accuracy and surface roughness in micrometre and nanometre ranges respectively. Associated form and surface roughness measurement technology also plays an important role in evaluating the quality of t... View full abstract»

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  • Application of fuzzy signal processing to three dimensional vision

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):319 - 324
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    Three types of filter based on Sugeno fuzzy systems have been presented. These filters aim to improve on the results of a depth from image sequences algorithm using either a moving average or median filter as a depth map smoother. The fuzzy filters attempt to do this by using additional information on the uncertainties in the depth map and information on edge location in the original grey scale im... View full abstract»

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  • Implementation of modern new product development and introduction theory in a small manufacturing company

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):57 - 62
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    This paper describes a case study examining the implementation of new product development and introduction theory in a small company. The study is based on the adaptation of modern techniques to suit the company in question. Five major activities are identified and company performance is assessed. Attitudes and perceptions within the company are also examined and recommendations for further work m... View full abstract»

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  • A simulation tool for reactive process planning and scheduling

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):443 - 449
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    The increasing trend for improved agility in the manufacturing industry has led to a demand for more flexible, powerful and reactive process planning and scheduling tools. This naturally requires several aspects of manufacturing systems to be integrated to improve information flow and enable an environment for more rapid and effective decision-making. It is also apparent that process planning and ... View full abstract»

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  • Attaining process capability using multiple linear regression and other techniques

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):202 - 206
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    This paper describes the development and refinement of a series of models, based around simultaneous multiple linear regression models, to predict the layer thickness resulting from a manufacturing process. The process is the makin of optical films by the depsition of very thin layers of titanium dioxide and silicone dioxide. As the model enable the company (Omitec Thin Films Ltd. of Plympton) to ... View full abstract»

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  • Dynamic tool kit exchange to improve machine performance

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):501 - 508
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    The efficient use of machine tools is becoming ever more critical to the overall performance of the business. Over the last 10 years manufacturing industries have seen reductions in batch quantities and increases in part variety together with significant pressure to improve changeover times and be reactive to market needs. As the size of tool magazines has increased, the amount of tooling mounted ... View full abstract»

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  • Left right, left right, wrong! [management and marketing of advanced materials]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):269 - 277
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    The significance for corporate competitiveness of the use of revolutionary new materials and associated technologies is noted, as is the need for organisations to find ways to bring these novel outputs to market faster. Key knowledge to achieve this may reside outside the competencies of individual companies, and deep within the science base. New partners and alliances may be needed. This paper re... View full abstract»

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  • Development of `in house' software to support product rationalisation and lead time compression

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):329 - 336
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    Success in the supply of valves to the highly competitive oil and gas industries is linked increasingly to the ability to supply high quality products, with short lead times. A major element in lead time compression is the introduction of effective systems for enquiry intake, preliminary design/configuration and quotation. This paper describes the development of a computer based system to support ... View full abstract»

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  • An architecture for information specification based on an SME enterprise model

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):456 - 463
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    This paper describes a CASE tool architecture for a manufacturing information specification. The objective of this is to establish a new approach to the specification of information requirements for an SME IT system. An enterprise model for an SME metalworking company is introduced and mapped onto the ARIS architecture, this enables the modelling tool to be described in the context of enterprise m... View full abstract»

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  • Fifth International Conference on FACTORY 2000 - The Technology Exploitation Process (Conf. Publ. No.435)

    Publication Year: 1997
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    The following topics were dealt with: agile manufacture; automation; management of change; innovative project design; quality control; expert systems; design for productivity; innovative systems; business performance; manufacturing systems and processes; product market engineering; simulation and modelling tools View full abstract»

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  • Implementing strategy-led BPR in a small manufacturing company

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):1 - 8
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    The adoption of “best practice” by small manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) poses many practical, theoretical, financial and organisational problems. The implementation of business-strategy-driven business process re-engineering (BPR) can be seen as a way forward towards best practice. However, the problems associated with “surviving the journey” to best practice remain. This... View full abstract»

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