Interactive design of a virtual factory using cellular manufacturing system

M. Ernzer, T. Kesavadas

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An interactive virtual factory testbed was developed as a part of a research to explore the applications of Virtual Environments (VE) in the area of manufacturing automation. This fully immersive factory built with special attention to details consists of a set of modular machines that a designer can drag and place in the factory to study issues such as plant layout, clusters and part flow analysis. This paper further discusses several cell formation and visualization techniques developed especially for the design of the virtual factory. A Modified Boolean Matrix approach (MBM) algorithm was improved as an example of applying traditional factory design methods in developing virtual factories of the future. Finally a novel interactive part-machine matrix visualization interface was developed to provide a more intuitive view of the mathematical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2428-2433
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA99 - Detroit, MI, USA
Duration: May 10 1999May 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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