Integrated virtual platform for manufacturing systems design

Marcello Colledani, Giulia Pedrielli, Walter Terkaj, Marcello Urgo

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The design of manufacturing systems is a critical task to be addressed throughout the factory life-cycle phases, including the early design, detailed design, ramp-up, reconfiguration, and monitoring. An efficient and effective system design platform may have a relevant impact on the profitability of industrial companies facing these challenges. Although several commercial applications are available for supporting different activities within the manufacturing system design and operation these stand-alone tools are usually supplied by different software vendors and cannot be easily integrated, thus entailing a massive and time-consuming integration effort. This paper proposes the integration of heterogeneous software tools supporting factory design activities over a common platform. A virtual factory environment, based on a shared data model providing to all the applications a common language to exchange data, is developed. A test case is presented that shows the integration of five methods and the related software tools to support different activities for the design of a manufacturing production line, hence the benefits derived by the application of this integrated approach in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-430
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2013 - Setubal, Portugal
Duration: May 29 2013May 30 2013


  • Interoperability
  • Manufacturing system design
  • Software platform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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