Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Engineering Visualization
The Oak Ridge Y-12 plant has successfully applied computer visualization technology to manufacturing system engineering. Engineering visualization provides both a conceptual design tool for the engineer and a communication vehicle to allow participation between technical and non-technical disciplines. The Oak Ridge Y-12 staff uses a high performance graphics workstation and robotics simulation software package to model man, machines, and other systems as they appear and function in the application environment. Graphical simulations are realistic, three-dimensional color models of physical components, kinematic motion, and multi-device interaction. The real-time graphics capabilities allow users to walk through functional models, viewing them as they will appear in operation.
Although the graphical simulation software was originally developed for robotic system design, Oak Ridge Y-12 has successfully adapted the package for a number of system design applications. The tool kit allows engineers to identify and evaluate potential collisions, reachability, user interaction, and overall design functionality. Oak Ridge has developed human models for ergonomic analyses. Simulations have also been used by management and technical staff alike to understand facility layout, structure, and mechanics of a complex system before construction or manufacturing begins. Some examples of the applications for which Oak Ridge has used the system include robotic plasma spraying, NC verification, glove box development, modeling of a male diver, and weapon system evaluation. The system has resulted in early identification of technical problems and errors that would have otherwise delayed the project or increased its cost.
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