Title: Development of an adaptive control system to reduce components dimensional variations in milling

Authors: Ganesh Kumar Nithyanandam; Radhakrishnan Pezhinkattil

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 641014, India ' PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore 641014, India

Abstract: In a competitive manufacturing environment, machining high precision components with narrow dimensional variations is vital. Evidences show that the dimensional variations exist not only in a single point, but throughout the surface of the component. Several researchers are working in this field to reduce these dimensional variations in the component. In this paper, a new technology called portable intelligent system (PIS) is introduced to reduce the component's dimensional variations in CNC milling machine in real-time. The PIS consists of various components, which includes both hardware and software. This system acts as an auxiliary device for CNC machine tools. This device has its own built-in controller, which has intelligent to monitor and control the dimensional variations to zero. This device is designed such a way that it can be mounted on any existing CNC vertical milling machine. A comparison study between conventional machining and precision machining using PIS was carried out with 20 samples and their results show positive outcomes.

Keywords: portable modular fixturing; PMF; portable intelligent systems; PIS; adaptive control; artificial neural networks; ANNs; dimensional variations; high precision components; CNC milling; vertical milling machines; precision machining.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMMS.2016.075398

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, 2016 Vol.9 No.1, pp.81 - 95

Received: 06 May 2015
Accepted: 04 Sep 2015

Published online: 19 Mar 2016 *

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