An automatic process planning system for the quick generation of manufacturing process plans directly from CAD drawings

Bing Jiang, Henry Lau, Tung Sun Chan, H. Jiang

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • CAPP
  • Expert system
  • Group technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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