Accession Number : ADA137891

Title :   Manufacturing Information System.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. no. 2, 1 Jul-31 Oct 83,


Personal Author(s) : Allen,D K ; Smith,P R ; Smart,M J

PDF Url : ADA137891

Report Date : 22 Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : The size and cost of manufacturing equipment has made it extremely difficult to perform realistic modeling and simulation of the manufacturing process in university research laboratories. Likewise the size and cost factors, coupled with many uncontrolled variables of the production situation has even made it difficult to perform adequate manufacturing research in the industrial setting. Only the largest companies can afford manufacturing research laboratories; research results are often held proprietary and seldom find their way into the university classroom to aid in education and training of new manufacturing engineers. It is the purpose for this research to continue the development of miniature prototype equipment suitable for use in an integrated CAD/CAM Laboratory. The equipment being developed is capable of actually performing production operations (e.g. drilling, milling, turning, punching, etc.) on metallic and non-metallic workpieces. The integrated CAD/CAM Mini-Lab is integrating high resolution, computer graphics, parametric design, parametric N/C parts programmings, CNC machine control, automated storage and retrieval, with robotics materials handling. The availability of miniature CAD/CAM laboratory equipment will provide the basis for intensive laboratory research on manufacturing information systems.

Descriptors :   *Manufacturing, *Computer applications, *Industrial engineering, Information systems, Computer aided design, Machine shop practice, Laboratories, Universities, Industrial production, Models, Drilling, Milling machines, Robotics, Materials handling, Machine tools, Miniaturization, Control systems, Computer graphics, Technology transfer

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE