Synchronisation of heterogeneous design models of manufactured products by the formulation of business knowledge
Source: International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Volume 37, Numbers 3-4, 3 March 2010 , pp. 230-243(14)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Product design development needs collaboration between different designers. A product is co-modelled by a team of designers at geographically distributed locations using a set of heterogeneous business tools such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems. However, existing collaborative environment support only a limited set of specific business tools. This paper presents an approach to enhance collaboration between experts using heterogeneous CAD/CAM models by the formulation of business knowledge throughout a Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) approach. An MDA-based solution is proposed to deal with the issues identified in developing such collaborative framework. We present a meta-modelling architecture to synchronise heterogeneous models whereby business models at different levels of abstraction can be synchronised. One issue is to measure the potential of such an approach in non-software engineering field. A case study is applied to Esprit™ CAM tool enabling Esprit™ to interoperate with the SolidWorks™ CAD tool throughout the Product Process Organisation (PPO) collaborative environment.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2010-03-03
- The International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology addresses issues of computer applications, information and communication systems, software engineering and management, CAD/CAM/CAE, numerical analysis and simulations, finite element methods and analyses, robotics, computer applications in multimedia and new technologies, computer aided learning and training.