This work is set within the context of a research project on an
information support system for design and manufacture. This involves
collaboration of other research workers and the commitment in other
specific applications within a software environment. The work is targeted
at the design to manufacture of prismatic parts in a prototyping environment.
The research work moves from the identification and requirement
of dimensional and process analysis, through the specification of data
structures within a product data model, through to the definition of a
decision network and measurement graph for dimensional analysis, to
the provision of verification checks and fault clusters for process analysis.
The two analyses are centred on a common fault library.
The two facilities to provide support to the prototyping environment
have been developed and tested through an industrial case study. The
essential role of these facilities is to reduce the lead-time involved in
'prove-out'. The facility embodies a generic approach of capturing
manufacturing knowledge and data feedback functionality that closes the
loop from manufacture to design.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Great Britain, Department for Trade and Industry. ACME Directorate.