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Automatic assessment and prediction; integration of commercial off the shelf simulation tools


Activities planned in work package 6


The focus of work package 6 (WP6) is to develop machine tool component based early evaluation and assessment tools to support decision making within the TRANSPARENCY co-design environment using the embedded knowledge of self-descriptive and transparent components. WP6 started in October 2011 and has the following key objectives:

  • Framework with plug-in architecture, which allows the integration of prediction and assessment tools as well as commercial off the shelf simulation software
  • Component-based life cycle cost evaluation tools which map the expected maintenance and cost behaviour of an integrated machine tool over its life time
  • Component-based early machine tool performance prediction tool for conceptual design specifications


Role of partners involved in work package 6

Fraunhofer IPA

Responsible for the development of LifeCycle Cost (LCC) and predictive Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) models.

Uni. Nottingham

WP leader; Responsible also for the specification of the assessment tool plug-in architecture and the development of tools for the early assessment of the static and dynamic properties.


Responsible for the software integration: creation of plug-in architecture, integration of 3rd party tools and prototype tool development.


Support the development of LifeCycle Analysis (LCA) tools with particular focus on environment impact.


Responsible for the development of LCA tools for machine tools; LCC models; material removal rate prediction methods.


Supports the development of early static and dynamic machine tool performance assessment and LCA modelling.


Provides LCC expertise for machine tool modelling and contributes to the predictive OEE analysis.


Support for semantic technologies; creation of prototype plug-in architecture; link to WP4.


State of affairs

The development of assessment tools to support early machine tool design decisions has been completed. As part of this activity, existing lifecycle cost analysis models have been reviewed and adapted for the early assessment of machine tools. A prototype cost model has been integrated into the semantic media wiki extension of the co-design environment. A new predictive Overall Equipment Efficiency (pOEE) model has been created and tested with the example cases of the project. A tool for the early assessment of the expected environmental impact of a machine tool over its whole lifecycle has been created. Furthermore, a new model for the early assessment of the static and dynamic behaviour of a machine tool based on individual characteristics of its components has been created.

The lifecycle assessment tools are currently being integrated into the co-design extension and pOEE as well as life cycle impact analysis are to follow. To support the selective integration of different assessment tools into the co-design environment developed as part of WP5, a plug-in architecture has been created. Web service and XML based interface and content integration methods have been created to allow new assessment tools to be rapidly integrated with the semantic core of the project and the graphical user interface of the co-design environment. This will allow potential future users to customise the co-design and associate assessment tools for decision support to their needs and existing tool chain.

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