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AI in Manufacturing: The NBS AMRF as an Intelligent Machine

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Author(s)

Dennis A. Swyt

Abstract

Within its Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (NBS) is addressing research issues in interface standards for the fully automated factory of the future for the production of small batches of discrete parts. Consisting of robots, machine tools and computers, the AMRF is being integrated using a real-time, sensory-feedback, data-driven hierarchical control architecture. As such, the AMRF is a research tool for investigating the manufacturing enterprise as a system of intelligent machines. This paper: (1) describes the AMRF in terms of its real-time control system architecture; (2) notes the role of symbolic languages, knowledge representation, sensory-processing and other aspects of artificial intelligence in its development; and (3) speculates on further application of AI in future intelligent manufacturing systems similar in form to the AMRF.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Expert Systems in Production Planning and Control
Conference Dates
May 1, 1987
Conference Location
Charleston, SC
Conference Title
International Conference on Expert Systems in Production Planning and Control

Citation

Swyt, D. (1990), AI in Manufacturing: The NBS AMRF as an Intelligent Machine, Proceedings of the International Conference on Expert Systems in Production Planning and Control, Charleston, SC, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=820268 (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created January 2, 1990, Updated February 17, 2017