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Product Data-Driven Analysis in a Missile Supply Chain (ProAM) Final Report


Peak, R.S.; Scholand, A.J.; Fulton, R.E.; Koo, D.; Tamburini, D.R.; Wilson, M.; Zeng, S.; Roberts, J.H.; Spann, P.J. (1999), Georgia Tech Engineering Information Systems Lab Technical Report E-15-642-D05, Concurrent Technologies Corp Contract N00140-96-D-1818/0008 for US DoD JECPO.


The U. S. Department of Defense Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office (JECPO) has sponsored the ProAM effort with the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) as primary stakeholder. Under subcontract to Concurrent Technologies Corp. through the Atlanta Electronic Commerce Resource Center (AECRC), ProAM has focused on improving missile electronics through advanced engineering analysis integration and delivery. This Georgia Tech-led effort has addressed barriers to small & medium-sized enterprise (SME) analysis of product physical behavior with the involvement of Circuit Express Inc. and System Studies and Simulation Inc., two SMEs in the AMCOM supply chain.

This document overviews the ProAM project and resulting tools and technologies:

  • U-Engineer, a self/full-serve Internet-based engineering service bureau (ESB) with highly automated analysis modules for printed wiring board (PWB) fabricators and designers. Some modules, including PWB impedance models and the IPC-D-279 plated-through hole fatigue model, are available for usage via web-based thin clients. Accessing U-Engineer-based solvers as a thick client, XaiTools PWA-B provides other tools for PWB layup design and warpage analysis.
  • General ESB and analysis integration techniques underlying U-Engineer, including:
  • A prototype template to aid establishing other Internet-based ESBs via technologies such as thick and thin client tools, CORBA-wrapped analysis solvers, and Internet security.
  • Product data-driven analysis techniques to enable highly automated plug-and-play usage via emerging product standards like ISO STEP AP210 and IPC GenCAM/GenX. XaiTools, the general-purpose analysis integration toolkit underlying XaiTools PWA-B, is highlighted with its integration to commercial CAD/CAE tools and applications to other product domains.

U-Engineer utilization by SMEs and Primes is highlighted, including solving production problems, evaluating design/process alternatives, and increasing awareness of potential issues. Experience has shown that ProAM technology excels at delivering automated product-specific analysis to places it has never gone before.

While ProAM has focused on tools for the AMCOM PWB supply chain, these same tools and techniques can benefit other industries. Envisioned applications include development of analysis module catalogs for other domains and establishment of company-specific Internet/Intranet-based engineering service bureaus.


Manuscript: pdf