Virtual Company Distributed Manufacturing Demonstration Program
WEST VIRGINIA HIGH TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM FOUNDATION FAIRMONT
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Phase 4 activities facilitated the expansion and privatization of the Virtual Company Model from small machine shop operations to a variety of other applications. The development of standards based and adaptable systems afforded the U.S. Navy the opportunity to take advantage of emerging technologies while providing the capability to evolve with changing mission requirements through sharing of software resources. This effort also included the evaluation by machine shop owners of the effectiveness of the Virtual Company manufacturing model. Virtual Company Phase 4 leveraged the product line concept investigated by the USAF and NASA and determined its viability for the Navy. One major event that took place during this phase of the Virtual Company project is the Virtual Company conference in October 9, 1997. This conference addressed the evolution of the Virtual Company Model. Educational activities continued to play an important role in the Virtual Company project and they were accomplished by the sponsoring of the Federal Acquisition and Assistance Certificate classes with an emphasis on Virtual Company practices. Another educational project was the development of a computerized tutorial on the acquisition process to provide Virtual Company managers with a realistic knowledge of the laws, statutes, and processes governing federal and commercial acquisition procedures. One major accomplishment during Phase 4 activities of this program was the creation of the VCLink.