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Control of an Automated Machining Workstation



Jay S. Jun, Charles R. McLean


The software architecture of the Vertical Machining Workstation (VWS) in the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) at the National Bureau of Standards is presented in this paper. This prototype system demonstrates flexible computer integrated manufacturing for a family of prismatic parts. The workstation software components include: a feature- based design system for defining part geometries, an automatic process planning and numerical control code generation system, an automatic robot program generator, a state machine-based hierarchical control system which executes process plans, a diagnostic tools package, and mailbox communications software. The system is capable of running stand-alone, as a single station manufacturing system, or integrated under the AMRF cell controller.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the American Control Conference
Conference Location


Vertical Machining Workstation, VMW, AMRF, computer integrated manufacturing, geometries


Jun, J. and McLean, C. (1987), Control of an Automated Machining Workstation, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, , USA (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created March 31, 1987, Updated October 12, 2021