The paper addresses the problems of collaboration of teams in manufacturing industry in the scope of concurrent engineering (CE) processes. The problem of involving shop-floor teams in product/process improvements is specifically addressed. The objective is to develop a new information technology platform based on software collaborative services supporting different CE processes where different teams – product design, maintenance, shop-floor teams etc. – around the complex assembly and manufacturing lines have to be involved. The platform is one of the first attempts to apply Collaborative Reference Architecture to support CE in manufacturing industry. The work presented addresses a development of new tools and the core collaborative services for design of such a platform. Several current applications of such platform are indicated.
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