Distributed Manufacturing Information System for a Virtual Corporation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 31866
Amount: $418,261.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1543 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV, 26554
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lawrence W. Weller
 (304) 363-6855
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed Distributed Manufacturing Information System will enable small and medium size manufacturing shops to cooperate as a Virtual Corporation for Distributed Manufacturing, to expand their business by extending their capabilities, to fulfill requirements for major quality control certifications, to respond rapidly, and to offer lower costs to customers (e.g., the Navy). The greatest hurdles in performing distributed manufacturing are breaking down and allocating work among team member firms, planning, tracking, and scheduling work, and implementing a quality process adequate to meet major quality standards. The primary elements of the Distributed Manufacturing Information System are the Breakdown and Allocation Subsystem, the Planning/ Tracking/Scheduling Subsystem, the Quality Control Subsystem, and the Manufacturing Data Management Subsystem. The system's client- server architecture on low-cost PC platforms, makes it accessible to smaller firms. The Planning/Tracking/Scheduling Subsystem will be selected and adapted from existing, low-cost commercial systems. Other subsystems will be designed in Phase I and implemented in Phase II. This SBIR project will focus on supporting the manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies, with later versions expanding to other types of manufacturing.

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