Document Type: Article
Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, Industrial Engineering Department, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Nowadays, manufacturing environments are faced with globalization which urges new necessities for manufacturing systems. These necessities have been considered from different perspectives and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the most popular and effective one. However, considering rapid rate of manufacturing globalization, traditional and current CIM solutions can be criticized by major deficiencies like high complexity for resource allocation over the globe, global facility sharing, and absence of an efficient way to handle lifecycle issues. Recently, Virtual CIM (VCIM) has been introduced as an effective solution to extend the traditional CIM solutions. This paper has investigated recent researches in VCIM/CIM field considering the necessities of todays’ globalized manufacturing environment. The paper shows the lack of traditional and current CIM/VCIM solutions; then, proposes an effective solution to cover them. Because of the complexities in designing such systems, the paper exploits Axiomatic Design (AD) Theory as a promising tools in this field. This theory is applied for validation of the suggested architectural solution and verification of the implementational aspects. The implementation of the architectural solution is considered based on ISO standards. Finally, the results have approved the feasibility of the suggested solution for manufacturing system and its Implementation aspects.