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Rapid product development in a rapid virtual enterprise

Intelligent manufacturing systems realised in a successful European Project
: Blessing, N.; Harris, R.; Dickens, P.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung -IPA-, Stuttgart:
8. Fraunhofer IPA Anwenderforum Rapid Product Development. CD-ROM : Prozesse und Prozessketten in der hybriden Produktentstehung, Proceedings, 17. September 2003
Stuttgart, 2003 (IPA-Anwenderforum)
Anwenderforum Rapid Product Development <8, 2003, Stuttgart>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
rapid product development; intelligent manufacturing system; rapid virtual enterprise (RVE); Produktentwicklung

The IMS RPD 2001 (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Rapid Product Development in a Rapid Virtual Enterprise) project focuses on the acceleration of the product development processes for mechanical parts by providing tools and methods for rapid manufacturing of physical parts. The vision of the project is to accelerate the product development within the described scope by shortening time (increasing the speed) of the respective process chain, providing parts made of production materials and offering an increased flexibility in tooling technology. The three main objectives are:
- The rapid and efficient product realisation in heterogeneous, distributed environments by the use, integration and combination of digital techniques like CAD, FEM, Virtual Reality with physical product realisation techniques like Rapid Prototyping & Rapid Tooling.
- The set-up management and collaboration support of project specific product development environments, called Virtual Enterprises, integrating dispersed partners with their complementing expertise and technology.
- Design and manufacturing of parts/tools for adaptive volumes (one to thousands of pieces).
The IMS RPD 2001 project is linked to the worldwide network of IMS and the interregional IMS RPD project. Several other regions like Canada, Australia, USA , Korea and Japan are part of this structure. Regularly held interregional meetings are encouraging communication and collaboration between partners from industrial companies and research institutes on an international level.
The intention of this paper is to present the European IMS RPD 2001 project and to point out the benefits of the worldwide collaboration in the field of Rapid Product Development.