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Title: Feature-based representation for manufacturing planning
Authors: Case, Keith
Wan Harun, Wan Abdul Rahman Jauhari Bin
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: CASE, K. and WAN HARUN, W.A., 2000. Feature-based representation for manufacturing planning. International Journal of Production Research, 38 (17), pp. 4285 - 4300
Abstract: Improved integration using product models in a computer aided design and manufacture environment implies that there is an enhanced need to provide information support across a wide range of applications. In a typical situation concerned with mechanical products, these applications are likely to include detail design, process planning and assembly planning. Features have frequently been used to support these and other applications individually, but single feature representations that simultaneously meet the information needs of a number of applications are unusual. Assembly and process planning are two important aspects of an integrated design and manufacture system, and a formal structure for their representation in a feature-based design system is presented. Features are considered to be machined volumes and are described in a hierarchical taxonomy that is designed to be useful across a range of machined components. The assembly structure is also defined hierarchically with the (machining) features forming the basic entities in the assembly. Assembly relationships among features are defined in the form of mating relationships that are carried by the features. A set of mating relationships between pairs of features has been defined after having studied the literature and a number of engineering products. An integrated data structure containing process planning information from earlier research work and the assembly mating relationships is presented and forms the basis of class definitions for each level in the assembly hierarchy. Object-oriented programming techniques have been used to implement a prototype system using the ACIS solid modelling kernel. The research has illustrated the feasibility of using a single feature representation to support a number of activities within a computer integrated manufacturing environment. © 2000 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the serial International Journal of Production Research [© Taylor and Francis]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540050205091
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/00207540050205091
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14072
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540050205091
ISSN: 0020-7543
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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