This paper describes the philosophy and design of an automatic process planning system (APPS) that is able to generate process plans rapidly from CAD drawings. APPS extracts the design features that are represented by a special code based on a new group technology (GT) classification coding scheme. An intelligent knowledge-based system is then employed to generate optimal process plans according to the code, that represents all the form features of the component. APPS reduces the normal process planning time and therefore enhances the productivity of manufacturing operations.
- Expert system
- Group technology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Computer Science Applications
- Metals and Alloys
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering