- project group:
WG 1: Process Engineering
An Internet-based Collaborative Platform for Managing Manufacturing Knowledge
|Es ist nicht genug zu wissen, man muss auch anwenden.
Knowing is not enough, we must also apply the knowledge.
Goethe – 1809
Current digital manufacturing ICT platforms have provided a series of useful tools, including CAx, PDM and PLM systems, to support engineers in a series of activities, allowing them to communicate as well as to design and validate the manufacturing processes in a collaborative fashion. However, they still have a long way to go for effectively addressing engineering knowledge management issues:
- Today’s ERP systems are often detached from the engineering knowledge they are associated with, while PLM systems provide no link to actual performance indicators, such as cost, time, and quality parameters.
- Knowledge is often dispersed over many stakeholders and many IT systems.
- There is still a significant absence of robust tools for automatic knowledge capturing as well as for systematic reuse of knowledge, especially in the area of engineering.
- Current User Interfaces (UI) are often to complex and require much effort to follow and use effectively either in the shop floor or in the engineering office.
- A large part of the revisions and the process iterations during the product and process development could be avoided with the use of new IT tools taking advantage of existing knowledge and experience.
The Know4Car project will address the following objectives:
Revolutionize the UI context in the engineering office and the shop floor, addressing the needs of blue-collar workers and engineers with particular emphasis on training activities:
Ultimately, Know4Car aims at delivering a state-of-the-art web-based ICT platform for managing manufacturing knowledge, comprising the following key characteristics:
The Know4Car Agent-based Process Design Collaboration Platform
Dr. Nikos Papakostas
LABORATORY FOR MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS and AUTOMATION (LMS)
Director: Professor George Chryssolouris
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
University of Patras
Patras 26500, GREECE
|Volvo Technology AB
|University of Patras
|Centro Richerche Fiat S.C.p.A
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
|Innovazione Automotive e Metalmeccanica