Title: A comprehensive and generic machine tools data model

Authors: Yu Zhang; Guangdong Guo; Yimin Zhang; Yupeng Li

Addresses: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang, 110819 Liaoning, China; Design and Research Institute, Shenyang Machine Tool Group Corporation, Shenyang, 110142 Liaoning, China ' School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang, 110819 Liaoning, China ' School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang, 110819 Liaoning, China ' Design and Research Institute, Shenyang Machine Tool Group Corporation, Shenyang, 110142 Liaoning, China

Abstract: The data model of machine tools plays a key role to share and manage machine tools information among modern manufacturing systems and has been considered as a fundamental basis for achieving various manufacturing activities such as process planning, machining simulation and production scheduling. Although research into modelling machine tools has been done, these modelling approaches are either machine vendor specific, or limited and incomplete in their scope to represent machine tools. Therefore, a comprehensive and generic machine tools data model (CGMTDM) is proposed in this paper. The proposed data model is constructed based on the oriented-object EXPRESS language, which not only includes the information of mechanical elements, but the information of the electro-mechanical and electronic elements. The case study is used to demonstrate the proposed data model at the end. It has been concluded that CGMTDM can consistently, completely and flexibly represent the information of machine tools. [Received 14 April 2016; Revised 4 September 2016; Accepted 8 September 2016]

Keywords: machine tools; comprehensive and generic data model; EXPRESS language; STEP-NC.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2017.083649

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2017 Vol.12 No.1, pp.99 - 117

Received: 14 Apr 2016
Accepted: 08 Sep 2016

Published online: 10 Apr 2017 *

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