This thesis focuses on the use of a knowledge-based computer aided system for the task of
bare printed circuit board (PCB) process planning. To achieve this task, a knowledge-based
computer system has been developed in which process plans can be generated
automatically. The planning decisions are based on board requirements, customer general
specifications and product quality standards. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.