Virtual Factory Framework: key enabler for future manufacturing

Pedrazzoli, Paolo and Sacco, Marco and Jönsson, Claudio R (2007) Virtual Factory Framework: key enabler for future manufacturing. In: Digital Enterprise Technology. Springer, pp. 83-90. ISBN 978-0-387-49863-8

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The global market with increasing competition calls for new strategies that strengthen the future manufacturing systems. This paper presents the underlying models and ideas enabling a new conceptual framework for the next generation of Virtual Factory implementations. The approach fosters four pillars: a standard extensible data model; decoupled functional modules, based on an object oriented Virtual Factory paradigm; an event driven paradigm at the core of abstract objects management; the integration of knowledge at different layers for the decoupled functional modules. The implementation of a Virtual Factory based on the presented framework, points to the usefulness when developing future manufacturing systems.

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