Digital enterprise technology - Defining perspectives and research priorities

P. G. Maropoulos*

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The majority of research and commercial efforts in computer-based methods for design and manufacture relate to applications in Computer Aided Design (CAD), whilst research in Computer-Automated Process Planning (CAPP) has substantially enriched the design knowledge domain with concepts that originated in the manufacturing domain. The development of isolated computer applications was recognized as a potential problem, leading to the definition of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) concept, seeking to achieve the local integration of systems. The introduction and development of the internet have since provided a decisive advancement in the communications infrastructure. We can now capitalize on recent advances in computer graphic visualization and distributed information management systems, in order to positively impact product development and realization and to develop objective risk mitigation strategies on a global basis. In this context, Digital Enterprise Technology (DET) can be defined as 'the collection of systems and methods for the digital modelling of the global product development and realization process, in the context of lifecycle management'. This paper introduces the concept of DET and reviews the status of the design and manufacturing planning integration that is fundamental for the definition and development of DET methods and systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-478
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author wishes to acknowledge the substantial financial support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK, Grants: GR/N11285, GR/L98572, GR/R24067 and GR/R 26757. The support of the industrial collaborators, especially Astrium Ltd, is also gratefully acknowledged, as is the contribution of Professor William Reiter of Oregon State University and Dr Elfed Roberts of Astrium to the initial definition of DET.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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