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Virtual Factory Manager

  • Marco Sacco
  • Giovanni Dal Maso
  • Ferdinando Milella
  • Paolo Pedrazzoli
  • Diego Rovere
  • Walter Terkaj
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6774)

Abstract

The current challenges in manufacturing engineering are the integration of the product/process/factory worlds (data and tools) and the synchronization of their lifecycles. Major ICT players already offer all-comprehensive Product Lifecycle Management suites supporting most of the processes. However, they do not offer all the required functionalities and they lack of interoperability. An answer will be given by the development of a Virtual Factory Framework (VFF): an integrated virtual environment that supports factory processes along all the phases of its lifecycle. This paper will focus on the Virtual Factory Manager (VFM) that acts as a server supporting the I/O communications within the framework for the software tools needing to access its data repository. The VFM will ensure data consistency and avoid data loss or corruption while different modules access/modify partial areas of the data repository at different times. Finally, an industrial case study will show the potentiality of the VFM.

Keywords

Virtual Factory Interoperability Reference Model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Sacco
    • 1
  • Giovanni Dal Maso
    • 2
  • Ferdinando Milella
    • 3
  • Paolo Pedrazzoli
    • 4
  • Diego Rovere
    • 4
  • Walter Terkaj
    • 1
  1. 1.ITIA-CNR, Institute of Industrial Technologies and AutomationNational Research CouncilMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Technology Transfer System S.r.l.MilanoItaly
  3. 3.SimX Ltd.ManchesterUK
  4. 4.ICIMSI, Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing for Sustainable InnovationMannoSwitzerland

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