Feature-Based Process Planning for Interoperable STEP-NC Manufacture

Riliang Liu*, Aydin Nassehi, Richard Allen, Stephen T. Newman

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With the progress on STEP-NC standardization and implementation, STEP-NC-oriented computer systems in the process chain require evolution to support the STEP-compliant planning and manufacture. This chapter explores process planning (CAPPICAM) based on STEP-NC and presents a CAPP prototype system (PPS) in the light of future interoperable planning and manufacture. The PPS has been developed using STEP-NC features throughout the planning process and applies a two-stage strategy for STEP-NC part program generation, namely general work plan generation and specific work plan generation. The work is verified through use of case study components. PPS's characteristics include: 1) Using STEPNC features directly for process planning, 2) applying a two-stage strategy (generic planning and specific planning) to enhance the portability and interoperability of the part program, and 3) the ability to support the cooperation between the planning and the control systems. © 2006

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Control Problems in Manufacturing 2006
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080446547
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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