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Feature-Based Inspection and Control System



Thomas Kramer, John A. Horst, Hui-Min Huang, Elena R. Messina, Frederick M. Proctor, Harry A. Scott


This report describes an architecture and software system for automatically performing process planning and control code generation for cutting and inspecting prismatic piece parts. This "Feature-Based Inspection and Control System" (FBICS) consists of seven processes joined by interprocess communication. FBICS starts with a feature-based description of a part. Planners are provided at three hierarchical control levels that consider, in turn: (1) an entire part, (2) work done in a single part fixturing, and (3) work done on a single part feature. FBICS implements the RCS architecture. For data handling, FBICS uses ISO 10303 (STEP) methodology, standards, and tools. FBICS includes a solid modeler and 3D interactive graphics. Control code is written in RS274 for machining and DMIS for inspection.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7098
Report Number


ALPS, Control, DMIS, feature, inspection, machining, Metrology, planner, process plan, RCS, Robotics & Intelligent Systems, STEP


Kramer, T. , Horst, J. , Huang, H. , Messina, E. , Proctor, F. and Scott, H. (2004), Feature-Based Inspection and Control System, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created March 7, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021