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The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility of the National Bureau of Standards



Cita M. Furlani, Ernest Kent, Howard Bloom, Charles R. McLean


A major facility for manufacturing research is being established at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). NBS is addressing the measurement and standards needs for the automation of the small batch, discrete parts manufacturing industries. The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) is being developed to serve as a testbed and demonstration facility in support of research by workers from NBS, industry, academia, and other government agencies. The facility control architecture has been adopted from the NBS robot control system and is a modular hierarchical feedback system. The unique features of the control system of the AMRF are the number of hierarchical levels and the amount of real-time computation and sensory-interaction at each level. Major research areas that are discussed are (1) the development of the manufacturing planning and control software, and (2) the system hardware integration projects. In support of this research, simulation and emulation are being used for design, development and testing. Emulation techniques are being employed to study the operation of the control software of the AMRF. The Hierarchical Control System Emulator (HCSE), presently in use at NBS, is described.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference
Conference Dates
July 11-13, 1983
Conference Location
Vancouver, 1, CA


Furlani, C. , Kent, E. , Bloom, H. and McLean, C. (1983), The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility of the National Bureau of Standards, Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Vancouver, 1, CA, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created July 31, 1983, Updated October 12, 2021