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Integrating a distributed, agile, virtual enterprise in the TEAM program
Author(s): C. Kim Cobb; W. Harvey Gray; Robert E. Hewgley; Edward J. Klages; Richard E. Neal
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Paper Abstract

The technologies enabling agile manufacturing (TEAM) program enhances industrial capability by advancing and deploying manufacturing technologies that promote agility. TEAM has developed a product realization process that features the integration of product design and manufacturing groups. TEAM uses the tools it collects, develops, and integrates in support of the product realization process to demonstrate and deploy agile manufacturing capabilities for three high- priority processes identified by industry: material removal, forming, and electromechanical assembly. In order to provide a proof-of-principle, the material removal process has been addressed first and has been successfully demonstrate din an 'interconnected' mode. An internet-accessible intersite file manager (IFM) application has been deployed to allow geographically distributed TEAM participants to share and distribute information as the product realization process is executed. An automated inspection planning application has been demonstrated, importing a solid model form the IFM, generating an inspection plan and a part program to be used in the inspection process, and then distributing the part program to the inspection site via the IFM. TEAM seeks to demonstrate the material removal process in an integrated mode in June 1997 complete with an object-oriented framework and infrastructure. The current status and future plans for this project are presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1997
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 2913, Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing, (21 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263458
Show Author Affiliations
C. Kim Cobb, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems (United States)
W. Harvey Gray, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Robert E. Hewgley, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems (United States)
Edward J. Klages, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems (United States)
Richard E. Neal, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2913:
Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing
Barbara L. Maia Goldstein, Editor(s)

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