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Integration-based cooperation in concurrent engineering

Hillebrand, Gerd; Krakowski, Patricia; Lockemann, Peter C.; Posselt, Dietmar

Abstract:
Motivated by global competition, rapid technological advance and
shorter
product life cycles, enterprises tend to restructure the
traditionally
sequential product development process into a collaborative,
concurrent,
and iterative effort called Concurrent Engineering. In
Concurrent
Engineering, design phases overlap and potentially incomplete
results are
exchanged between phases, facilitating early initiation of later
stages and
quick corrective feedback. The design process is typically
distributed,
sometimes involving experts around the globe cooperating in an
around-the-clock development effort.

We propose an information system for concurrent engineering
applications
based on a distributed object approach. We argue that due to
the manifold
interconnections and feedback loops in the design process, the
semantics of
the product data to be exchanged must be well-defined and
homogeneous
across the entire process. Hence we rely on a common data model
and
schema, a so-called product and production model. By contrast,
the
platforms within the engineering network may well be
heterogeneous. We
demonstrate how the model is implemented by a CORBA-based
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/176498
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation (IPD)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 1998
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1432-7864
urn:nbn:de:swb:90-AAA1764981
KITopen-ID: 176498
Verlag Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Umfang 12 S.
Serie Interner Bericht. Universität Karlsruhe, Fakultät für Informatik ; 1998, 13
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