Research on the Relationship between Virtual Manufacturing and Digital Factory
This paper analyzes the relationship between virtual manufacturing (VM) and digital factory (DF), in order to distinguish the two concepts. Based on the thought of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), compare with the definition of VM, the paper gives the definition of DF, and analyzes the category and system characteristics of DF from narrow and broad point of view. The structural relationship and operation mechanisms of VM, narrow sense DF and broad sense DF are analyzed from the perspective of functional integration. During the phase of system implementation, from the perspectives of key technologies, implementation contents, implementation characteristics and important objectives, the characteristics of the three modes of production are summarized, the conclusion of system implementation under the condition of existing technology is obtained, and the potential application of narrow sense DF is researched.
Liangchi Zhang, Chunliang Zhang and Tielin Shi
E. S. Qi et al., "Research on the Relationship between Virtual Manufacturing and Digital Factory", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 139-141, pp. 1350-1355, 2010