Determining dimensions for process planning: A backward derivation approach

Ping Ji

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Computer-aided process planning has shown its great importance in computer integrated manufacturing systems. Dimensioning and tolerancing plays a key role in process planning since the final workpiece must ensure conformance with the dimensions in its blueprint. This paper proposes a simple, efficient approach to derive working dimensions for process planning, based on the tolerance chart technique. The paper first reviews briefly some approaches previously presented, such as the mathematical linear equation approach and the graph tracing approach, it then proposes the backward derivation approach. By setting up the origin of a coordinate system at the left-most surface in a blueprint (BIP), the approach first determines the distances from all the BIP surfaces to the origin by use of the BIP dimensions. Then by updating these dimensions, the final working dimensions are calculated backwards by a simple arithmetical equation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Process planning
  • Tolerance chart
  • Working dimensioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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