DiFac Results: The Landscape of the Swiss project

Canetta, Luca and Flores Pineda, Myrna and Sommaruga, Lorenzo and Pouly, Michel and Lanini, Matteo (2009) DiFac Results: The Landscape of the Swiss project. In: 2009 Korean CAD/CAM conference.

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The objective of the overall Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Digital Factory (DiFac) project is to develop an innovative, collaborative manufacturing environment (CME) for the next generation of Digital Factories to increase their competitiveness and flexibility incorporating 4 key elements: Product, Processes, Resources and Human aspects (PPR+H). This framework also includes the development of novel strategic planning tools to be capable of supporting the construction of Digital Factories integrating both tacit and explicit knowledge in the complete Product Life-cycle Management (PLM). The Swiss IMS DIFAC project covers Workpackage 4 of the full IMS DIFAC project and deals with the development of next generation information and knowledge management solutions for the enhancement and improvement of mainly transactional information provided currently by traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools. Therefore, the Swiss DiFac project proposes the development, testing and diffusion of new technologies such as Semantic Web, Discrete Event Simulation and RFID to be integrated to ERPs to support their evolution providing new functionalities for humancentric knowledge needs and incorporating sustainable innovation concepts. Thus, the objective of this article is twofold: 1) to describe the Swiss IMS DIFAC objectives and 2) provide details about the progress achieved during the first half of the project.

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