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The Vertical Machining Workstation of the AMRF: Software Integration



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. The 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 NC code generation system, a state machine-based hierarchical control system which executes process plans, a diagnostic tools package, and a mailbox communications software. The mechanical components of the workstation, described in a companion paper, include: a CNC vertical machining center, a robot and locally implemented gripper system, a pneumatic vise, a vacuum chip removal system, local part storage, and tray roller tables for a robot cart materials delivery system. The system is capable of running in stand-alone mode as a single station computer-integrated manufacturing system, or remotely under the AMRF cell controller.
Proceedings Title
ASME Symposium on Intelligent and Integrated Manufacturing


Vertical Machining Workstation (VWS), computer-integrated manufacturing, process planning, nc code generation system


McLean, C. (1986), The Vertical Machining Workstation of the AMRF: Software Integration, ASME Symposium on Intelligent and Integrated Manufacturing, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created April 1, 1986, Updated February 17, 2017