Title: Production data analysis within a contemporary metalworking SME

Authors: R. W. Bagshaw, S. T. Newman

Addresses: Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. ' Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

Abstract: This paper reports ongoing research into a workshop oriented PC-based machining and inspection facility within an holonically enhanced SME. It identifies a novel manufacturing and inspection framework which is supported by the use of information models. A major feature of the framework is the ability to produce rapid manufacturing control through feedback data from both the inspection and production data analysis activities in order to influence the regeneration of NC part programs for the machining of discrete prismatic components. The major contribution of this paper explores a Production Data Analysis concept which consists of three major constituents, machine and inspection planning, comparative tolerance analysis and manufacturing data analysis. The applicability of the work is expressed in the context of a holonically enhanced SME through the use of three product quality scenarios.

Keywords: holonic manufacturing systems; information modelling; model integration; production data analysis; rapid manufacturing control; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; inspection data analysis; NC part programs; machine planning; inspection planning; tolerance analysis; manufacturing data analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.1998.036243

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 1998 Vol.13 No.3/4/5/6, pp.313 - 333

Available online: 01 Nov 2010

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