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Knowledge-Based Manufacturing: Management and Deployment of Manufacturing Rules through Product Lifecycle Management Systems

Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Aerospace 2019, 6(4), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6040041
Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 21 March 2019 / Accepted: 2 April 2019 / Published: 6 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Managing Data and Information of Aerospace Product Lifecycle)
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Abstract

In manufacturing companies, computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) feature-based approaches have been developed for faster numerical control (NC) programming. They allow to automatically generate toolpath, recognizing both standard and custom machining features, and defining for each of them the best or preferred machining process based on predefined rules. The definition of Feature Based Manufacturing (FBM) rules requires advanced competences and skills; furthermore, the standardization required by these instruments is too rigorous for real machining practices. It is therefore necessary to extend the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environment in order to be able to make explicit and manage manufacturing rules based on industrial best practice. The paper addresses these problems presenting a possible solution to optimize FBM information management and integration within the product lifecycle. A data model extension, covering new items such as “manufacturing rules” and “tool setting preferences”, and a new methodology for rules management and deployment are proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: feature; computer-aided design (CAD); computer-aided manufacturing (CAM); knowledge based engineering (KBE); product lifecycle management (PLM) feature; computer-aided design (CAD); computer-aided manufacturing (CAM); knowledge based engineering (KBE); product lifecycle management (PLM)
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Corallo, A.; Marra, M.; Pascarelli, C. Knowledge-Based Manufacturing: Management and Deployment of Manufacturing Rules through Product Lifecycle Management Systems. Aerospace 2019, 6, 41.

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