Title: NCML: a data exchange format for internet-based machining

Authors: Robert B. Jerard, Okhyun Ryou

Addresses: Design and Manufacturing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. ' Design and Manufacturing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA

Abstract: The goal of our research is to develop a |clean interface| between design and fabrication facilities for the production of custom machined parts. The research accomplishments are summarised: (1) creation of a new format for data exchange, Numerical Control Markup Language (NCML), (2) development of a prototype system to illustrate how NCML can be effectively used to conduct e-commerce for custom machined parts and (3) testing of the methodology with a number of parts obtained from three different sources: the Design Repository located at Drexel University, Manufacturing Quote, Inc., a commercial company that is in the business of matching buyers and sellers of custom machined parts and Stone Machine Co., a local machine shop that is typical of the type of fabrication facility which would use NCML.

Keywords: NC machining; process planning; electronic data interchange; EDI; feature-based manufacturing; e-commerce; distributed manufacturing; numerical control markup language; NCML.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2006.010083

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.26 No.1/2, pp.75 - 82

Available online: 16 Jun 2006 *

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