This thesis describes research into Inspection Plan and Code Generation that has been
carried out as part of a research project investigating Information Support Systems for Design
and Manufacture. The major theme of this project has been the creation of a skeletal Design
to Manufacture Environment which incorporates a feature-based design system, a Machine
Planner and Cutter Path Generator for machining an Inspection Plan and Code Generator (the
subject of this thesis), and a Manufacturing Data Analysis facility. This experimental environment
is supported by a Product Modelling System that permits all geometrical and technological
information required to design and manufacture the product to be represented so that full
integration can be achieved in the Design to Manufacture Environment.
The survey of literature in this thesis covers the wolk of researchers in the field of Product
Modelling Environments, in addition to work based on advanced Design to Manufacture
systems, before concentrating on research directly concerned with Inspection Plan and Code
Generation. The main body of the thesis begins by stating and explaining the objectives of the
research and lists the issues that need to be addressed in order to meet these objectives. This
is followed by a description of the experimental Design to Manufacture Environment, which
includes an explanation of the Product Model and the interaction between it and the inspection
application. The higher level issues of Inspection Planning are then discussed before attention
is focussed on the individual planning activities that represent the main thrust of the research.
Frequent references are made throughout these sections to a series of case-studies (Appendices
C and D) based on components supplied by industrial collaborators and processed by an experimental
Inspection Plan and Code Generator modelled on the theories promoted by this work.
The conclusion of the thesis describes what has been learnt by this research and discusses how
adequately the research objectives have been achieved.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.