Dynamic tool management in FMS - a practical approach

Wai Lam Ralph Ip, Kin Wing Cheng, Ip Kee Hui, Tung Sun Chan

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A dynamic tool management system was investigated for multiple job manufacturing in a FMS. The system uses the CSG CAD model and flexible classification mechanism to recognize job machining features and the corresponding cutting tools. The job order is designed from an assigned priority weight and which is defined from fuzzy rules. The operations of the highest priority jobs are then assigned to the idle machines under a real time scheduling method. The results from a five jobs-three machines job scheduling study indicated that a high machine utilization can be achieved, and the required tool quantity and tool switch between machines were significantly reduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Part 2 (of 5) - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 22 Oct 199525 Oct 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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