Planning for precision in flexible manufacturing systems
One of the elements that has to be considered in planning and using a flexible manufacturing system is how to obtain the manufacturing accuracies required by the parts. For many parts, this is not a critical element as the precision demanded is not high. For those parts with more demanding tolerances, however, how the required precision will be achieved must be considered in the planning of the system if the desired results are to be achieved. This paper reviews the factors which can affect the manufacturing precision of a flexible manufacturing system both at the machine level and at the system level. The factors discussed relate to the design of the machines in the system and to the design and operation of the system.
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