The present research has arisen from a continuation of the WRAPS (Welding
Robotic Adaptive Programming and Simulation) project at Loughborough University,
and its development as the supervisory controller of a flexible welding system. A
knowledge based expert system (PIKBES) has been developed for on-line expert
modification of pre-programmed welding procedures during fabrication of batches in a
flexible adaptive robotic welding environment. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
SERC, Application of Computers to Manufacturing Engineering directorate (ACME).