Topological Representations for Machine Tool Structures
The implementation of Computer Integrated Manufacturing depends on the matching of component demands to machine capabilities. historically the emphasis has been on characterisation of components, for example the recent work by Pratt.
The paper develops machine representation models originated by Ito et al. These strategies provide a practical method of classifying existing machines but are of much more limited use in design synthesis for specification of new machines. A more general model, the Graphical Machine Representation Model, is discussed in the paper. The analysis is based on graph theory and considers the structure of the design database for knowledge based machine design strategies.
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