Virtual Manufacturing A Vision for Virtual Paint Operations

  • Patrick Gaffney
  • Tim Hopkins
Part of the IFIP The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 239)


The present paper deals less with Grid computing than with other aspects of this conference, namely numerical software. The goal of our work is to use mathematical modeling and computer simulation to avoid building non-production prototypes in manufacturing processes. Of particular interest is to eliminate prototypes associated with painting processes used in the automotive industry. Since painting processes are difficult to simulate accurately, the numerical software employed in the computational simulation is quite complex and requires substantial computing power to get a decent result within the timeframes of an industrial operational environment. On the other hand, the rewards for getting it right go straight to a company’s bottom line: eliminating prototypes leads to tangible savings in terms of paint and materials, man power, energy costs, reduced warrantee costs, improved operational processes, and improved quality of the finished product. Getting it right therefore, is the subject of this paper.


Message Passing Interface Numerical Software Physical Prototype Painting Process Cure Oven 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Gaffney
    • 1
  • Tim Hopkins
    • 2
  1. 1.BSSI ASBergenNorway
  2. 2.Computing LaboratoryUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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