Generation of workpiece orientations for machining using a rule-based system

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This paper deals with the automatic generation of workpiece orientations on a machine for machining operations. A system capable of this has a wide spectrum of applications in many areas of manufacturing planning and is essential to the development of dynamic process planning systems. However, such a system requires the ability to reason about geometrical and spatial relationships, a topic of great difficulty for automatic reasoning. A study of the problem characteristics is made and its results are implemented in a rule-based system. This system, when given a workpiece along with operation instructions and machine specifications is capable of generating a good orientation for the workpiece. The functioning of the system is demonstrated by an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-555
Number of pages11
JournalRobotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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