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The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility at NBS

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Author(s)

Charles R. McLean

Abstract

The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (NBS) is a major government laboratory for research in computer integrated manufacturing. The AMRF is designed to support the NBS role of leadership in standards and measurement. This facility, located at Gaithersburg, Maryland, has close ties with industry, university, and government engineers and scientists. The AMRF project was initiated in 1981 to serve as a testbed facility to support research in measurement techniques and computer interface standards that are required for automated machining in small lot sizes. A dozen different computer languages and as many types of computer systems make up the computing environment of the AMRF. Shop floor equipment includes storage/retrieval system. The coordinated operation of these systems was first shown publicly in November 1983, when more than 600 visitors viewed the AMRF in its earliest stage of integration. Since that time, public test runs have been scheduled twice a year.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IFIP W.G. 5.7 Working Conference on New Technologies for Production Management Systems

Keywords

Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), standards, measurement, computer integrated manufacturing

Citation

McLean, C. (1986), The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility at NBS, Proceedings of the IFIP W.G. 5.7 Working Conference on New Technologies for Production Management Systems (Accessed March 4, 2024)
Created February 1, 1986, Updated February 17, 2017