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Integrated virtual factory and logistics for electronics industry
Author(s): Haibin Wang; Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig; Reginald Jegathese; Meehae Song; Jochen Quick; Yongmin Zhong
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Paper Abstract

Funded by the Singapore National Science and Technology Board (NSTB), CAMTech is collaborating with a Singaporean research institute and two industry partners with the objective to improve electronics assembly processes. The goal of this project is to visualize the behavior of an electronics assembly industry by simulating, visualizing the discrete events of the entire manufacturing processes and observing the flow of materials, size of buffers, and line balancing. The traditional scenario -- from the customer placing order for a product to delivery -- goes through various phases including manufacturing the product. Several major electronics manufacturing stages can be addressed: fabrication, assembly, testing, and packing. Each of these stages accounts for set up, process, failure, and wait time periods. A delay in one process will accumulate over to the future delays. To simulate the discrete events a general-purpose simulation system has been employed. For modeling and visualization CASUS (Computer Animation of Simulation Traces) system has been used developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (Fraunhofer-IGD). This work focuses on the prototype interface between simulation trace file and CASUS animation scripts. The final system provides a 3-D visualization of electronics assembly processes based on event-oriented simulator data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4756, Third International Conference on Virtual Reality and Its Application in Industry, (1 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.497813
Show Author Affiliations
Haibin Wang, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Reginald Jegathese, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Meehae Song, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Jochen Quick, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Yongmin Zhong, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4756:
Third International Conference on Virtual Reality and Its Application in Industry
Zhigeng Pan; Jiaoying Shi, Editor(s)

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