Flexible manufacturing cells and systems with computer intelligence
When in 1983 the first flexible manufacturing cells with computer control and a fully automatic supply of tools were presented at the EMO in Paris, a lot of people had not yet recognized that this introduced a trend-setting development (Fig. 1). In the meantime, this cell concept is generally viewed as the most expedient way to get into flexible automation for the boring, drilling and milling of prismatic workpieces. There are already several such computer-controlled manufacturing systems in practical use, and a large number are planned for the immediate future. This company alone, which the author is part of, has built more than 50 systems of different sizes but with the same basic design. Most of the users are medium-size plants whose main objective is to reduce production costs and achieve higher conversion flexibility.
KeywordsMachine Tool Flexible Manufacturing System Machine Centre Cell Computer Handling Device
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