Service Manual Generation (SMG)
Final rept. Apr 2001-2004
GE CORPORATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SCHENECTADY NY
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The objective of this research was to enable the automatic generation of verified maintenance instructions. The approach to the problem was to divide the overall program into three main research areas. The first area was to develop state-ofthe-art Computer Aided Design CAD analysis algorithms to generate valid assembly and disassembly sequences from the 3D CAD geometry. The second area targeted natural language techniques to generate understandable maintenance instructions, and the third area focused on algorithms that could support verifying the instructions in an immersive environment with force feedback. The program began with the development of a high level concept of the solution to each research area and a defined set of tasks for each research area that coincided with the high level concepts. As the research progressed and more was leaned about the problems and the true business needs, the concepts and subtask efforts were refined. This report documents, for each research area 1 the solution approach, 2 the subtasks associated with each area, and 3 a discussion of how these subtasks add up to a solution to the original problem. For each subtask, a description of the results achieved including algorithmic descriptions, etc. and how lessons learned during the program affected each subtask. Following the research area descriptions is documentation for wrapping the three technology results into one comprehensive demonstration platform. The report then describes how this platform was used to demonstrate the technology capabilities to the user and the results of these demonstrations. The final phase of the report discusses the strengthsweaknesses of the technology, where it appears to be going and growth areas for the research.
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