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Advanced product development integration architecture : an out-of-box solution to support distributed production networks.

Cheung, W. M. and Matthews, P. C. and Gao, J. and Maropoulos, P. G. (2008) 'Advanced product development integration architecture : an out-of-box solution to support distributed production networks.', International journal of production research., 46 (12). pp. 3185-3206.


This paper presents novel collaboration methods implemented using a centralised client/server product development integration architecture, and a decentralised peer-to-peer network for smaller and larger companies using open source solutions. The product development integration architecture has been developed for the integration of disparate technologies and software systems for the benefit of collaborative work teams in design and manufacturing. This will facilitate the communication of early deign and product development within a distributed and collaborative environment. The novelty of this work is the introduction of an `out-of-box' concept which provides a standard framework and deploys this utilising a proprietary state-of-the-art Product Lifecycle Management System (PLM). The term `out-of-box' means to modify the product development and business processes to suit the technologies rather than vice versa. The key business benefits of adopting such an approach are a rapidly reconfigurable network and minimal requirements for software customization to avoid systems instability.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Advanced manufacturing technology, AI, Artificial intelligence, manufacturing sytems, CIM architecture, Product development, Decision support systems, Collaborative manufacturing.
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Date deposited:11 February 2010
Date of first online publication:15 April 2008
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