An object-oriented application of tool selection in dynamic process planning

J M Usher, K J Fernandes

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Tool selection is a vital function within any process planning system. This paper presents an approach to computer-aided tool selection that has the ability to generate and rank all alternative tool sets for a process plan. This approach has been used to develop the OATS (Object-oriented Application of Tool Selection) system. OATS is designed for use as a module within a dynamic process planning system and has been tested as a part of the dynamic planning system, PARIS (Process planning Architecture for Integration with Scheduling) (Usher and Fernandes 1996a, b). The necessary input data for this system are taken from a product model based on the ISQ STEP application protocol, AP224. Two alternative plans for a single part are used as examples to illustrate the approach and demonstrate the ability of the system to generate and rank all the viable alternative tool sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2879-2894
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 1999


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