Using point cloud technology for process simulation in the context of digital factory based on a systems engineering integrated approach

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Salehi, Vahid; Wang, Shirui
Series: ICED
Institution: Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 011-020
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Currently, there is a huge potential to improve the digital factory information by using a 3D scanner to build up the digital factory environment. The results of the scanning process are point clouds which are generated with less effort yet in a very high quality. In this way, it is possible to digitalize manufacturing environments in large scales. Compared with the processes in the past, it is not necessary to build up the manufacturing and factory building information by means of CAD generated entities. This paper will first present the state of the art regarding the development of digital factory as well as the current process of utilizing 3D point cloud data within it out of a comprehensive literature survey. Based on the literature review, challenges and problems during the application of the 3D scanner and point clouds in the digital factory in respect of the corresponding processes and methods will be recognized. Moreover, taking the shortages and disadvantages of current methods in digital manufacturing into account, an improved solution approach using systems engineering will be suggested and elaborated.

Keywords: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Systems Engineering (SE), Design methodology


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