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Distributed Engineering of Automotive Manufacturing Machines under the Foresight Vehicle Programme

Loughborough University, UK-A. A. West, R. Harrison, R. H. Weston, R. P. Monfared, D. A. Vera, D. W. Thomas, C. S. McLeod, M. Wilkinson, S. M. Lee, S. F. Qin, M. H. Ong
Published 2002-03-04 by SAE International in United States
A method to enable the impact of a novel component based approach to the implementation of production machinery design and build processes from the perspectives of the manufacturing engineering partners within the automotive industry is reported in this paper. The assessment method is based upon the representation (using CIMOSA based constructs) and simulation (using the ithinktm software package) of the activity, actor and event relationships between distributed partners when involved in a global engine manufacture programme. Assessment is vital to ensure that the impact of any novel approach is appreciated in terms and metrics that are consistent with the current operational and interaction paradigms. Without this information is it extremely difficult for the engineering partners to appreciate the impact of changes on their roles, responsibilities and profits and hence determine a roadmap and timescale for the adoption of the changes associated with the novel technology.
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Human Factors Issues in the Application of a Novel Process Description Environment for Machine Design and Control Developed under the Foresight Vehicle Programme

Loughborough University-M. H. Ong, D. Vera, A. A. West, R. Harrison
Published 2002-03-04 by SAE International in United States
In the globalization of the automotive businesses, manufacturing companies and their suppliers are forced to distribute the various lifecycle phases in different geographical locations. Misunderstandings arising from the variety of personnel involved, each with different requirements, backgrounds, roles, cultures and skills for example can result in increased cost and development time.To enable collaborating companies to have a common platform for interaction, the COMPANION project at Loughborough University has been undertaken to develop a common model-based environment for manufacturing automotive engines. Through the use of this environment, the stakeholders will be able to “visualize” consistently the evolution of automated systems at every lifecycle stage i.e. requirements definition, specification, design, analysis, build, evaluation, maintenance, diagnostics and recycle. It is important that the new approach is evaluated with respect to the requirements of the stakeholders since cost and technical issues are unlikely be the only factors that could enable / inhibit the uptake of this new approach. Research has been carried out to study the implications of human factors issues on the application of the COMPANION toolset by…
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