Flexible Manufacturing System Handbook. Volume II. Description of the Technology
Final technical rept.
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This section describes the major elements of an FMS. It begins with a discussion of the principal physical characteristics of a system, including the central elements, the machining stations, the loadunload stations, control station, and cleaning stations. The material handling systems are next considered, followed by a detailed description of the control system. The multitude software functions are then explored in depth. Finally, the remaining significant elements of an FMS are addressed. These include fixtures and pallets, tooling, chip handling, deburring, inspection, and requirements for line personnel. To establish a frame of reference, a description of the operation of an entire system is presented in the following subsection.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Machinery and Tools