Accession Number : AD0669598

Title :   FORECAST OF NUMERICAL CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES,

Corporate Author : EDGEWOOD ARSENAL MD

Personal Author(s) : Williams,John C.

Report Date : APR 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : A major portion of our defense needs today falls in the general category of small lots and short runs. We need a manufacturing technology that can responsively and economically produce hardware in small lots. It must readily adapt to quick changeover from one short run to the next. Numerical control (N/C) has introduced a new language to manufacturing, a language that permits communications between man and machine tools or between manufacturing concerns. Since N/C equipment is primarily digital controls, then digital data becomes the communications media. Recognizing N/C as digitally-controlled equipment, the idea of an automated job shop controlled by a digital computer is not unique. Consequently, in the ultimate analysis, N/C will no longer exist as a series of separate entities but as a total system under the control of a digital process computer. The initial phase of this investigation has been completed, and advance work is progressing. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MACHINE TOOLS, CONTROL SYSTEMS), (*MACHINE SHOP PRACTICE, AUTOMATION), DIGITAL SYSTEMS, MACHINE SHOP PRACTICE, MANUFACTURING, PUNCHED TAPE, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, GRAPHICS, PRODUCTION, PERIODICALS, ARMY RESEARCH, FLUIDICS

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE