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Assisting design for manufacture using the data model driven approach

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posted on 20.05.2009 by V. Borja, R. Bell, Jennifer Harding
The data model driven approach argues that computer aided engineering systems should be based on information data models in order to properly support the concurrent design of products. These models are the foundation for database representations of products and factories, and enable information sharing across unlinked software applications that address different stages of the product life cycle. This paper presents a product data model capable of capturing product life cycle information, and in particular its utilization for representing manufacturing information is described. A manufacturing data model that depicts the capabilities of manufacturing cells in terms of their processes and resources is also introduced. The potential benefits of using these data models to support design for manufacture are shown through a case study. The case study includes implementation of the models, their utilization representing a product and three manufacturing facilities, and demonstrates their value in the redesign of a component.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


BORJA, V., BELL, R. and HARDING, J.A., 2001. Assisting design for manufacture using the data model driven approach. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 215 (12), pp. 1757-1771


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