Testing the Intelligent Machining Worksation
Abstract (Summary)Based on the concept of Concurrent Engineering, a large number of manufacturing related issues are resolved at the product design stage. What is needed, though, are efforts to focus on integration of manufacturing systems design methods and tools. As a result of ongoing research in this area in the last couple of years at the Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration (CASSI), the Intelligent Machining Workstation (IMW) was devleoped for this purpose. This prototype of a manufacturing system integrates commercial software packages using the IMDE architecture. The aim of this thesis is to test the robustness of the IMW with respect to the following – software version upgrades, enhancing the IMW by adding new functionalities, and processing a variety of parts through the IMW. The thesis carries further the work done by Chandrashekar, Johnson, and Majeti and tests the working of the IMW, thus showing that the IMW is a good working solution to the problem of integrating complex software systems in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing environment.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2002