Advances in Virtual Factory Research and Applications

  • Alperen BalEmail author
  • Sule I. Satoglu
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


Simulation is a powerful tool to observe the performance of the manufacturing systems in variable demand and dynamic factory conditions in virtual environments. Recently, modeling and analysis of the factory objects in a 3-dimensional Simulation software emerged that is called a Virtual Factory (VF). The VF provides an integrated simulation model by representing all major aspects of a factory. It helps to consider the factory as a whole and provides decision support (Jain et al. in Winter simulation conference (WSC). IEEE, Piscataway, 2015). In other words, a VF Framework is a virtual advanced software environment that aims assisting the design and management of all physical factory entities during the all phases of the factory life-cycle (Azevedo et al. in Management and Control of Production and Logistics:320–325, 2010). In this chapter, the research projects and academic papers that focus on the Virtual Factories are reviewed. Besides, the commercial VF software are investigated, their distinguishing aspects are assessed, and their limitations are discussed. Finally, future work suggestions are presented.



Advanced Planning and Scheduling


Computer Aided Design


Computational Fluid Dynamics


Collaborative Manufacturing Environment


Discrete Event Simulation


Distributed Virtual Factory


Enterprise Resource Planning


Fatigue Cracking


The Internet of Things


Key Performance Indicator


Material Handling System


Materials Requirement Planning


Radio Frequency Identification


Stress Analysis


Structural Dynamics


Virtual Factory


Virtual Factory Framework


Warehouse Management System


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversitySisli, IstanbulTurkey

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