Accession Number : ADB091983

Title :   Sheet Metal Fabrication Systems. Volume 2.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Sep 82-30 Nov 84 on Phase 3,

Corporate Author : BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC CLEVELAND OH

Personal Author(s) : Takacs, P. J. ; Lambert, J. E. ; Caridi, T. M. ; Telles, S. ; Rigney, D.

Report Date : 12 APR 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 228

Abstract : The overall objective of this Air Force program was to develop automated sheet metal fabrication systems for blanking and bending. Phase I of the program analyzed manufacturing needs and system requirements. Phase II work analyzed state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for blanking, bending, robotics and control systems. Phase II resulted in preliminary designs for a blanking cell and an bending cell. Both cell designs included plans for coupling and interactive operator control systems. Phase III involved the detailed design, construction and implementation of a blanking work cell which was installed and demonstrated at Fairchild. This technical report briefly reviews phase I and II results, and presents the details of the phase III design work for both mechanical and control systems. Economics and a cost tracking system are also reviewed. Successful cell operation and favorable economics has resulted in many firms having interest in replicating this system in their own facilities. A separate systems software documentation manual has been submitted to the ICAM office along with a drawing package. Section II of the software documentation presents the operator and maintenance manuals. Additional keywords: Computer aided manufacturing.

Descriptors :   *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, *BENDING, *COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURING, AUTOMATION, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, CELLS, COMPUTER PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION, CONTROL SYSTEMS, COSTS, ECONOMICS, ENGINEERING DRAWINGS, FABRICATION, INSTRUCTION MANUALS, INTERACTIONS, MAINTENANCE, MANUALS, MANUFACTURING, MECHANICAL COMPONENTS, METALS, OPERATION, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), ROBOTICS, SHEETS, TRACKING.

Subject Categories : Fabrication Metallurgy
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE