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e2001 - Abstracts

Abstracts of Papers Published in the Conference Proceedings - Section 2.5: e-Business for Manufacturing

Section 2.5: e-Business for Manufacturing
Information Management for Networked Product Support
M. Ollus
Seamless Production Planning and Communication in Distributed Manufacturing: Case ABB Switchgear Production
J.-M. Nurmilaakso, J. Kettunen, J.-M. Lehtonen, J. Saranen, I. Seilonen
Existing eBusiness Technology for Manufacturing Companies -What Kind of Process-Supporting Sales Management Methods and Tools are Suitable for Manufacturing Companies?
R. Bürscher, H. Huemer
Managing the Virtual Factory: Web-Based Configuration, Scheduling and Monitoring
Christian de Sainte Marie
e-CANNED: Electronic Commerce in the Cannery Industry
A. Sanz Pulido

Information Management for Networked Product Support
Martin OLLUS
VTT Automation, P.O.Box 1301, 02044 VTT Finland

The operation and use of complex products is a challenging task, where the operators and other users, like maintenance personnel, have to simultaneously understand several interacting features. To successfully perform their tasks they are required to have a good knowledge about these interactions and about causes and consequences of operational interventions. A methodology for networked product support is presented in this paper. The research approach is constructive research. Based on the commonality in separate cases a research construct is developed and evaluated. It contains a model of the operations support process. The results of the study provide a basis for development of ICT systems for management of product related information. This information can be used for networked product support activities, such as diagnostics, maintenance, operator training, and operator assistance in on-line situations.

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Seamless Production Planning and Communication in Distributed Manufacturing: Case ABB Switchgear Production
Juha-Miikka NURMILAAKSO(1), Jari KETTUNEN(1)', Juha-Matti LEHTONEN(2), Juha
SARANEN(1), Ilkka SEILONEN(1)
(1) VTT Automation, PO Box 1301, FIN-02044 VTT, Finland
(2) Delfoi Oy, Tietajantie 14, FIN-02044 Espoo, Finland

This paper describes three integrated prototype applications for supporting seamless production planning, scheduling, and communication in ABB's subcontracting network for switchgear production. The approach was developed and the applications were implemented in the IMS-GNOSIS project (ESPRIT 28448). A model of co-operation in a Virtual Enterprise was used as a starting point. The purpose of the prototypes was to study the properties of the applications from both the development and usage viewpoints. The approach was tested and evaluated in co-operation with ABB Control and InCap Electronics. These applications were evaluated to outline how they could facilitate co-operation in a Virtual Enterprise.

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Existing eBusiness Technology for Manufacturing Companies -What Kind of Process-Supporting Sales Management Methods and Tools are Suitable for Manufacturing Companies?
Ronald Burscher and Harald Huemer
Profactor Produktionsforschungs GmbH, Wehrgrabengasse l-5, A-4400 Steyr, Austria

The focus of this paper is directed towards the Business to Business as well as Business to Consumer sales management processes of production enterprises, and examines which methods and tools can be used to provide support in the area of eBusiness. The definition of eBusiness for these paper is as defined by IBM "the full range of business interaction between enterprises is conducted over the Internet and other electronic media". Sales management covers functions from planning through to after sales. There are suitable tools of support for every different function and process. An exact analysis of every tool would go beyond the framework of this paper. Therefore the focus of this paper is on application types within manufacturing companies of complex, version-rich products of the process from the customer inquiry up to the placing of an order. Pre and following processes are only schematically represented and are not more closely examined.

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Managing the Virtual Factory: Web-Based Configuration, Scheduling and Monitoring
Christian de Sainte Marie
ILOG, 9 rue de Verdun, 94253 Gentilly, France

In this paper, we describe our vision of the Virtual Factory: a virtual combination of factories that are connected as a virtual manufacturing process that can be designed and operated as a single entity. The idea of the Virtual Factory is to combine high reactivity and maximal efficiency through the optimal use of distributed manufacturing resources. The resources are assigned to a particular order on efficiency and availability consideration alone, without prejudice of their geographical or organisational location. We focus on the Virtual Factory production management system. Our approach preserves completely the autonomy of the independent participants in a virtual factory. We describe the required functionality, how it works, and the technical approach to implementation. We highlight the design and implementation of the planning and monitoring functionality. We conclude with a report on the current status of development, lessons learned and on future technological and business prospects.

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e-CANNED: Electronic Commerce in the Cannery Industry
Antonio Sanz Pulido
Sema Group sac, Madrid, Albarracin 25 - 28037, Spain

The e-CANNED project starts as an accompanying measure within the IST programme of the EC's 5'h Framework Programme, under the initiative of the Galician Regional Government. The aim of the project is to introduce into two peripheral European regions (Galicia and Brittany), both characterised by the predominance of a traditional industry (fish canneries), new ICT technologies. The project aims at introducing an already proven technology for web-based electronic buys and sells, through its adaptation to five user companies' specific requirements. Another objective is setting by this pilot a best practice exportable to the rest of the sector's companies and to other traditional industries, as an example of how to change the traditional business processes to enter the New Economy.

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