that Drastically Change
Aerospace Institute (Joint Venture Leader)
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The Federated Intelligent Product Environment Program (FIPER) was conceived by a diverse team in 1999 to develop a computer-based design and manufacturing system that would drastically reduce the time and cost of product development.
Through FIPER, the goal was to allow manufacturers the ability to share knowledge that was not previously possible. According to Donald Bailey, vice-president of Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI):
The key innovations and challenges were to design an architecture that can fully integrate multiple proprietary tools and design knowledge-based systems to automatically revise component geometry in response to analyses of cost, performance, and producibility.
NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) provided the necessary funding and a forum for this diverse set of collaborators to address general solutions for a range of applications and platforms rather than have individual entities develop systems that could only address a limited set of problems.
and Economic Impacts
FIPER successfully demonstrated its technical accomplishments in a December 2003 workshop that was attended by over 125 people that represented companies in the automotive, turbomachinery, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing industries. The technical success that was demonstrated has translated into many benefits, which include reduced product creation costs and timing, and better functionality and quality. Engineous Software, one of the ATP project participants, continues to develop and commercialize the technology.
By the time of project completion, there were already 15 customers and partners using the ATP-funded FIPER technology. More recently, in May 2004, the U.S. Army selected FIPER for its Integrated Performance and Cost Model (IPCM) program. “FIPER provided a key component to our solution for the Army’s IPCM program,” said Peter F. Kostiuk, Lean Manufacturing Initiative (LMI) Program Director for Technology Assessment and Resource Allocation. The latest advances incorporated into FIPER enabled our development team to focus on meeting the challenging analysis needs of the Army, knowing that FIPER solved the integration framework issues.”2
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Last updated: August 21, 2006
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