Multisite PLM Platform: A Collaborative Design Environment

Multisite PLM Platform: A Collaborative Design Environment

George Draghici (Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania) and Anca Draghici (Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-020-3.ch029

Abstract

Today, product development is a result of a collaborative design process in network. Taking into consideration this fact, a National Research Network for Integrated Product and Process Engineering (INPRO) has been created. The present chapter presents the relevant items for building a PLM multisite platform for collaborative integrated product development based on the common researches developed in the INPRO project and network. The authors argue this approach by presenting the collaborative distributed design process, the product model and the PLM multisite platform for collaborative integrated product development. Based on these was built a collaborative multisite platform that join together the methodology, methods and tools for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Knowledge Management (KM) and Human Resources Management (HRU), examples of good practice. The core of the proposed approach is the product lifecycle model which is the base for the proposed collaborative product development methodology and the multisite PLM platform architecture. The presented research results were gained from our implication in the project “National Research Network for Integrated Product and Process Engineering – INPRO” (contract no. 243 / 08.09.2006). The model of building such collaborative design environment was inspired by the Virtual Research Laboratory for a Knowledge Community in Production (VRL-KCiP) a Network of Excellence project (contract no. FP6-507487). From 2008 the authors extended their research at the European level, in the context of a Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation (contract nr. FR/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/117025), “Certified Integrated Design Engineer – iDesigner” in which they used the collaborative platform for the students and researchers professional qualification and certification.

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