Flexible production of colliery arches using a programmable three roll bender

  • S. J. Williams
  • B. Mason
Conference paper


A flexible manufacturing system incorporating off-line programming has been developed for colliery roadway supports. A new bending machine and control system lies at the heart of the system. The controller was developed using the latest computer-aided design techniques to embody robotic control design principles. This paper describes the principle of operation, the control system and the results so far achieved.


Flexible Manufacturing System Chord Length Beam Profile Servo Control Hydraulic Motor 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Williams
    • 1
  • B. Mason
    • 2
  1. 1.Cambridge Control LtdUK
  2. 2.Caledonian Mining Company LtdUK

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