A Collaborative Design and Analysis Environment for Flexible Fixture
Designing a flexible fixture is much more complicated. In this paper a collaborative environment was introduced for flexible fixture design. The tasks involved in fixture design are analyzed and decomposed into five subtasks, which are assigned to workgroups by a project manager. The workgroups can be distributed in different departments or in different locations geographically. The framework of collaborate design environment is constructed. Each workgroup is responsible to a certain job. However, the information needed for flexible fixture design is shared among these workgroups. The information exchanging and management in the environment are expressed with a block diagram. Finally, an example of flexible fixture for manufacturing a thin-walled workpiece is employed to illustrate the efficiency of the collaborative environment.
Fan Rui, Qiao Lihong, Chen Huawei, Ochi Akio, Usuki Hiroshi and Sekiya Katsuhiko
W. F. Chen et al., "A Collaborative Design and Analysis Environment for Flexible Fixture", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 407-408, pp. 225-229, 2009