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An integrated approach to the analysis of automotive assembly activities using digital manufacturing tools

An integrated approach to the analysis of automotive assembly activities using digital... Current trends towards products customisation, increase of quality and reduction on delivery time are radically changing the products/processes design approach. Automotive companies, which continuously face product variant soaring, require new methods development for products/equipment design, manufacturing system planning and process simulation. This paper studies the stages needed to develop an integrated Digital Factory (DF) analysis to increase system performances and resources productivity. A three-step concurrent approach, namely activities balancing, task ergonomic improvement and devices redesign, carried out within 3D virtual environments is referred to an automotive case to demonstrate the advantages of DF over conventional analysis techniques. Finally, a costs analysis is reported to prove the economical feasibility of the advances suggested by such methodology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services Inderscience Publishers

An integrated approach to the analysis of automotive assembly activities using digital manufacturing tools

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1751-6048
eISSN
1751-6056
DOI
10.1504/IJIMS.2008.019631
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Abstract

Current trends towards products customisation, increase of quality and reduction on delivery time are radically changing the products/processes design approach. Automotive companies, which continuously face product variant soaring, require new methods development for products/equipment design, manufacturing system planning and process simulation. This paper studies the stages needed to develop an integrated Digital Factory (DF) analysis to increase system performances and resources productivity. A three-step concurrent approach, namely activities balancing, task ergonomic improvement and devices redesign, carried out within 3D virtual environments is referred to an automotive case to demonstrate the advantages of DF over conventional analysis techniques. Finally, a costs analysis is reported to prove the economical feasibility of the advances suggested by such methodology.

Journal

International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and ServicesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2008

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