An Internet-based Collaborative Platform for Managing Manufacturing Knowledge (Know4Car)

Current digital manufacturing ICT platforms have provided a series of tools, including CAx, PDM and PLM systems, to support engineers in a series of collaborative activities, allowing them to communicate as well as to design and validate the manufacturing processes. However, they still have a long way to go for effectively addressing engineering knowledge management issues: - Todays ERP systems are often detached from the engineering knowledge they are associated with, while PLM systems provide no link to actual performance indicators, such as cost, time, and quality parameters - Current User Interfaces (UI) are often too complex and require much effort to follow and use effectively - Knowledge is often dispersed over many stakeholders and many IT systems - There is still a significant absence of robust tools for automatic knowledge capturing as well as for systematic reuse of knowledge, especially in the area of engineering The Know4Car project will attempt to address the following objectives: - The more efficient knowledge management and collaboration throughout the product lifecycle, supporting the capture, the systematic organization in the form of manufacturing templates of knowledge - To revolutionize the UI context in the engineering office and the shop floor, with particular emphasis on training activities: - Faster, easier, error-free UI for data entry / checking in the shop floor along with serious games options for instantaneous knowledge retrieval, training and/or design purposes Ultimately, Know4Car aims at delivering a state-of-the-art web-based ICT platform for managing manufacturing knowledge, comprising the following key characteristics: - Web-based Engineering Desktop for agent-based collaborative design (using cross-platform runtime environments, such as Adobe Air / Flash) throughout the value chain, using PPIs and manufacturing templates - Faster, easier, guided UI for blue collar workers and engineers.

Partner organizations

  • Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) (Research Institute, Italy)
  • PDTec (Private, Germany)
  • N. Bazigos (Private, Greece)
  • Universityof Patras (Academic, Greece)
  • SAP (Private, Germany)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Academic, Germany)
  • Automotive and Metalmechanic Innovation (IAM) (Private, Italy)
  • Volvo Group (Private, Sweden)
  • EDAG Production Solutions (Private, Germany)
  • Tecnalia (Research Institute, Spain)
Start date 01/09/2011
End date The project is closed: 31/08/2015

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