Feature-Based Planning Data Model for Generative Planning Systems
The paper outlines some of the authors’ ongoing research in developing generative process planning systems. It reports on a reference model used as the basis for generating process plans for prismatic machined components. A feature-based model for describing component geometry and connectivity is also outlined, as are methods used for representing the capabilities of machine tools. These models form the basis for decision making in the prototype process planning system GENPLAN. The paper also discusses how some of the planning domain knowledge is represented using the knowledge-based software GENERIS that is used for planning system development.
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