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Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing,  1997:<br>Proceedings of the Seventh International FAIM Conference

ISBN:
978-1-56700-089-4 (Print)
978-1-56700-442-7 (Online)

OVERVIEW OF THE DATA MODELS AMD THE KNOWLEDGE SOURCES THAT FORM THE BACK-BONE OF AN INTERACTIVE CAPP KERNEL

G. Van Zeir
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division P.M. A, Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium

J.-P. Kruth
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division P.M. A, Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium

J. Detand
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division P.M. A, Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium

Abstract

This paper gives an overview of the data models and the knowledge sources that form the back-bone of an interactive Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) kernel. The CAPP kernel is based on a blackboard system architecture. The paper describes the information that resides on the blackboard and how this information is instantiated: the blackboard approach provides the human process planner with assisting 'expert modules', each capable of performing a specific automated process planning task. In each process planning step that is performed by such expert module, the human operator has full control over the generation of the process plan and can always change the solution proposed by the expert modules.