Model-based collaborative virtual engineering in textile machinery industry: Living lab case study

Abdul Samad Kazi, Tapio Ristimaki, Osman Balkan, Mehmet Kurumluoglu, Judith Finger, Tomaz Sustar
2009 2009 IEEE International Technology Management Conference (ICE)  
Client demand for on-of-a-kind products and services is leading to a paradigm shift in the way organisations, and especially SMEs collaborate to design, customise, configure, and manage specialised products and services. This paper presents the findings from a living lab case study of a textile machinery manufacturing SME that uses the concept of model-based collaborative virtual engineering and supporting tools in the form of a mashed-up modelserver environment to support the needs of its
more » ... e engineers. Initial findings reveal that use of such an environment provides real-time (on the finger-tips) access to relevant data through a single interface, reduces rework, provides real-time updates, supports on-the-move interactive collaboration, decreases meeting times, and allows for better response to and satisfaction of client needs. Keywords Model-based collaboration, collaborative virtual engineering, model-server, textile machinery, living lab 1 Introduction Organisations, both large and small, require a set of easily configurable tools to deliver one-of-akind customised products and services to demanding clients. These tools should support ondemand engineering, configuration, assembly and management of such products and services within collaborative settings. The typical operational norm of organisations delivering one-of-akind customisable products and services is that of the virtual enterprise (also referred to as smart organisation, virtual organisation, etc.) [Browne, ]. Client demands for one-of-a-kind customisable products and services leads to a paradigm shift in how smart SMEs operate which provide limited and yet customisable products and services. For example, for textile machine manufacturing, the norm in the past has been using machine drawings (preferably in the form of 3-D) with supporting documentation. However, this is difficult to sustain in a global marketplace where on-demand customisation is becoming the norm. Especially with several organisations being involved, such on-demand customisation
doi:10.1109/itmc.2009.7461383 fatcat:5gk7dnqv7je4fgqjddyfbvqviu