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An integrated software architecture for rapid product development processes

: Eck, O.; Nogge, W.; Rantzau, D.; Wolber, M.

Jacucci, G.; Olling, G.J.; Preiss, K.; Wozny, M.J. ; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Working Group 5.2 Computer Aided Design; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Working Group 5.3 Computer Aided Manufacturing:
The globalization of manufacturing in the digital communications era of the 21st century: Innovation, agility and the virtual enterprise. Proceedings of the tenth international IFIP WG 5.2/5.3 International Conference PROLAMAT 98
Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, 1998
ISBN: 0-412-83540-1
International PROLAMAT Conference <10, 1998, Trento>
Fraunhofer IAO ()
rapid product development; shared design database; Virtual collaborative environment; scientific visualisation; information visualisation; shared understanding

In the complex process of product development, the ongoing distribution of processes and globalization of markets force companies to implement means of cooperation between partners at remote sites and coordination of tasks. In this paper we describe a distributed software architecture which provides an integrated set of tools for a wide range of Rapid Product Development processes. The central component is an active knowledge base called ASN (Active Semantic Network) which is used as shared data repository and team process coordination and upon which the other components of the system operate. The scenarios described are coming from the car manufacturing area ranging from collaborative development of simulation prototypes using supercomputers to virtual reality analysis techniques.