Collaborative Information System Architecture for CAD/CAM in New Product Development Based on STEP Standard
In today's competitive market, information technology tools play a most important role in new product development. Integrated design includes CAD, process planning and CNC code generation. The commercialized CAD/CAM software solutions and industrial systems can be acquired readily. These solutions or systems, however, cannot connect together in a seamless way, that is, they cannot fit in integrated environment. Different CAD/CAM Application software need supports for data exchange in manufacturing enterprises. This article reviews the different architectures of integrated and collaborative information systems architectures.