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Integration of design and manufacturing in a virtual enterprise using enterprise rules, intelligent agents, STEP, and work flow
Author(s): Charles R. Gilman; Manuel Aparicio; J. Barry; Timothy Durniak; Herman Lam; Rajiv Ramnath
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Paper Abstract

An enterprise's ability to deliver new products quickly and efficiently to market is critical for competitive success. While manufactureres recognize the need for speed and flexibility to compete in this market place, companies do not have the time or capital to move to new automation technologies. The National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols Consortium's Solutions for MES Adaptable Replicable Technology (NIIIP SMART) subgroup is developing an information infrastructure to enable the integration and interoperation among Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Information Systems within an enterprise or among enterprises. The goal of these developments is an adaptable, affordable, reconfigurable, integratable manufacturing system. Key innovative aspects of NIIIP SMART are: (1) Design of an industry standard object model that represents the diverse aspects of MES. (2) Design of a distributed object network to support real-time information sharing. (3) Product data exchange based on STEP and EXPRESS (ISO 10303). (4) Application of workflow and knowledge management technologies to enact manufacturing and business procedures and policy. (5) Application of intelligent agents to support emergent factories. This paper illustrates how these technologies have been incorporated into the NIIIP SMART system architecture to enable the integration and interoperation of existing tools and future MES applications in a 'plug and play' environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3203, Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration, (9 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294429
Show Author Affiliations
Charles R. Gilman, STEP Tools, Inc. (United States)
Manuel Aparicio, IBM Corp. (United States)
J. Barry, IBM Corp. (United States)
Timothy Durniak, IBM Corp. (United States)
Herman Lam, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Rajiv Ramnath, Concentus Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3203:
Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; San Murugesan; Odo Struger; Gerfried Zeichen, Editor(s)

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