Integrated Flexible Welding System.
Rept. for FY 1984,
NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
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This report discusses the history of requirement for and structure of the Integrated Flexible Welding System LIFWS, one of the projects in the Naval Sea Systems Commands NAVSEA Integrated Robotics Program. This project sponsored by the Navy Manufacturing Technology MT Office, is intended to develop a flexible, adaptive gas metal arc welding GMAW capability for making high quality, cost effective welds on small batch or single workpiece items in a shipyard environment. The IFWS concept has resulted in the development of separately developed modules which could stand alone if necessary however the intent is to integrate them into a system tailored to satisfy Navy unique manufacturing and repair needs. Modules discussed in the report include the Robotic Adaptive Welding System RAWS the 3D Weld Seam Tracking System 3D WSTS, and the Global Vision System GVS. Typing all the components together is the Intelligent Communications Interface ICI, a hierarchical control architecture linking knowledge-bas ed design, planning and control activities to the modules performing the work. The report closes with a statement of the integration plan to be followed when implementing the IFWS. Author
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems