28 October 2006

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Virtual Manufacturing in Web-based Environments”

International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services (IJIMS)

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Virtual Manufacturing in Web-based Environments”

Guest Editor: Dr. Q. Peng, University of Manitoba, Canada.

Virtual manufacturing is an initiative to define every aspect of product development digitally. It provides a platform to support product design, analysis, manufacturing, data sharing and communication. The Internet technology is an effective tool for resource sharing and data distribution in dynamic manufacturing systems.

The integration of virtual manufacturing and Internet technologies can improve the performance of manufacturing industry in business competitiveness. If such integration succeeds, the product life cycle will decrease, leading to low manufacturing costs.

In order to achieve the cost-effective solutions for virtual manufacturing in web-based environments, it is important to understand how related issues can work together efficiently and cost-effectively. One of the obstacles in the implementation of Web-based virtual manufacturing is the weak interoperability between various exciting product development systems. Breaking down the walls between the obstacles will greatly foster virtual manufacturing, and therefore help manufacturers improve manufacturing efficiency and quality of products.

The purpose of this IJIMS special issue is to promote and disseminate research for virtual manufacturing in web-based environments. It will offer researchers and practitioners the most recent concepts, methodologies, and techniques in this important field. The issue is also targeted towards professors and research associates within universities and colleges in Industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, and automotive engineering.

For more information, subject coverage, notes for intending authors, submission dates and contact information, please see the Journal Call for Papers website.

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