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Title: Developing distributed applications for integrated product and process design
Authors: Mervyn, F.
Kumar, A.S. 
Bok, S.H. 
Nee, A.Y.C. 
Keywords: Distributed application development
Integrated product and process design
Issue Date: Jul-2004
Citation: Mervyn, F., Kumar, A.S., Bok, S.H., Nee, A.Y.C. (2004-07). Developing distributed applications for integrated product and process design. CAD Computer Aided Design 36 (8) : 679-689. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A heterogeneous computing environment characterizes today's manufacturing situation. This is a stumbling block for the efficient implementation of manufacturing concepts such as integrated product and process design (IPPD). A computing environment for IPPD would require the seamless integration of the various product and process design software systems. The exchange of information between these systems should be efficient, compatible and synchronous. This article presents an approach for developing distributed manufacturing applications that are compatible and synchronized and thus, able to support IPPD. The approach involves the use of a common manufacturing application 'middleware', which is distributed between a central geometric modelling server and application clients. The portability of the middleware is ensured through the use of Java for code portability and XML for data portability. The compatible product model problem is solved through the use of common data structures developed using reusable application client classes. Efficient transfer of product data is proposed using compressed model information embedded in a product data XML schema. Synchronization of design changes among all applications is achieved through the creation of relationships on an Application Relationship Manager. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: CAD Computer Aided Design
ISSN: 00104485
DOI: 10.1016/S0010-4485(03)00150-7
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