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International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services
International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services


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.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Virtual prototyping and virtual representation of preliminary design in Web-based environments
  • The use of virtual reality (VR) for product assembly and disassembly analysis in Web-based environments
  • Integration of VR and product developments in Web-based environments
  • Industrial problem solving with VR in Web-based environments
  • Customisation of products using VR in Web-based environments
  • VR modelling in distributed manufacturing systems
  • VR methods for identifying relevant variables, behaviours and knowledge of manufacturing systems in Web-based environments
  • VR model interoperability in Web-based manufacturing systems
  • Interfaces of supporting VR modelling in Web-based manufacturing systems
  • VR support systems for Web-based manufacturing

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscripts Submission: 31 July, 2007

Notification of Acceptance: 30 September, 2007

Final Submission: 30 November, 2007