The demand for the better quality products with shorter lead-time and lower life-cycle cost forces the manufacturing enterprises all around the world to optimize their production strategies from both enterprise engineering and enterprise operation respectively. This paper addresses the architectural issue of applying the Concurrent Engineering (CE) approach in the composite manufacturing area. It first discussed briefly the characteristics of composite manufacturing process to examine the feasibility and possibility of applying the CE approach to improve its process productivity and product quality. Then the functional requirements for a concurrent engineering system for composites (CESC) were defined from both operational and architectural points of view. Finally, the integrated infrastructure based system architectures for the CESC were presented in accordance with the physical system requirements, and so were the associated and currently conducted R&D focuses for the system.

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