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Virtual manufacturing work cell for engineering
Author(s): Hideo Watanabe; Kazushi Ohashi; Nobuyuki Takahashi; Kiyotaka Kato; Satoru Fujita
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Paper Abstract

The life cycles of products have been getting shorter. To meet this rapid turnover, manufacturing systems must be frequently changed as well. In engineering to develop manufacturing systems, there are several tasks such as process planning, layout design, programming, and final testing using actual machines. This development of manufacturing systems takes a long time and is expensive. To aid the above engineering process, we have developed the virtual manufacturing workcell (VMW). This paper describes a concept of VMW and design method through computer aided manufacturing engineering using VMW (CAME-VMW) related to the above engineering tasks. The VMW has all design data, and realizes a behavior of equipment and devices using a simulator. The simulator has logical and physical functionality. The one simulates a sequence control and the other simulates motion control, shape movement in 3D space. The simulator can execute the same control software made for actual machines. Therefore we can verify the behavior precisely before the manufacturing workcell will be constructed. The VMW creates engineering work space for several engineers and offers debugging tools such as virtual equipment and virtual controllers. We applied this VMW to development of a transfer workcell for vaporization machine in actual manufacturing system to produce plasma display panel (PDP) workcell and confirmed its effectiveness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3203, Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration, (9 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294425
Show Author Affiliations
Hideo Watanabe, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Kazushi Ohashi, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Nobuyuki Takahashi, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Kiyotaka Kato, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Satoru Fujita, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)

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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