A New Concept for Collaborative Product & Process Design within a Human-oriented Collaborative Manufacturing Environment

  • D. Mavrikios
  • M. Pappas
  • V. Karabatsou
  • G. Chryssolouris


The paper discusses the introduction of an innovative human-oriented Collaborative Manufacturing Environment (CME) into the next generation of digital manufacturing. Following an overview of the current state-of-the-art, the conceptual background of the overall CME has been given. The CME will provide support for data analysis, visualisation, advanced inter-action and presence, ergonomic analysis, and collaborative decision-making. The paper also focuses on the module supporting of the collaborative product and process design. The innovative aspect, being the seam-less integration of virtual reality and decision making principles is also analyzed. The module will help “define” the proper solutions to the design or re-conceptualization problems, based on collaborative interactions and testing, which can occur in virtual environments.


Collaborative Manufacturing Environment Prototype Designer Virtual Reality Decision Making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Mavrikios
    • 1
  • M. Pappas
    • 1
  • V. Karabatsou
    • 1
  • G. Chryssolouris
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering & AeronauticsUniversity of PatrasRio-PatrasGreece

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