published in eMed March 2004
for interactive collaboration of automation projects
TQC, as project manager,
with its UK Partners GSK, Bespak, University of Nottingham, BARA,
System Devices and B4 are collaborating in a Eureka project for
automation in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. The E-RACE
project intends to use the web to provide an automated system whereby
the information needed to define and cost such projects is captured,
collated and processed to produce an outline assembly system design.
The use of the interactive internet technology will enable the user
to evaluate the impact of different assembly methods, product variants
and production volumes on the typical cost of the final system.
The final system configuration will be represented by a virtual
model of the production line hopefully with the ability to view
the assembly coming together with real-time motion. The system model
will be built from a series of technology modules, eg transport
conveyors, assembly modules robots etc, from a database of proven
technology sub-assemblies and component parts. The project is in
its early stages but is already showing that a useful facility for
pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers will be possible.
The final results of the project with a usable website are expected
to be completed by 2006.
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