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An 'Industry 4.0' digital model fostering integrated product development

: Francalanza, Emmanuel; Borg, Jonathan; Vella, Pierre; Farrugia, Philip; Constantinescu, Carmen


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE 9th International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies, ICMIMT 2018 : February 10-13, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-4297-9
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International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies (ICMIMT) <9, 2018, Cape Town>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

Product development has to increasingly handle challenges such as highly competitive market scenarios and rapidly changing customer demands. The Industry 4.0 paradigm has brought about a new range of methods and technologies which can support industry in dealing with these challenges. This paper contributes a digital manufacturing model which aims to support industry to bridge the gap with this advanced digital technologies and foster integrated product development. This digital model achieves this aim by providing a means to illustrate how these technologies can be employed during the different phases of the factory life cycle. The digital manufacturing model also illustrates the soft and meta-skills which need to be developed in order to support digitisation of product development activities. A number of use cases are presented which explore how Industry 4.0 technologies can be implemented within an integrated product development environment.