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Using neural networks for process planning
Author(s): Samuel H. Huang; HongChao Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Process planning has been recognized as an interface between computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. Since the late 1960s, computer techniques have been used to automate process planning activities. AI-based techniques are designed for capturing, representing, organizing, and utilizing knowledge by computers, and are extremely useful for automated process planning. To date, most of the AI-based approaches used in automated process planning are some variations of knowledge-based expert systems. Due to their knowledge acquisition bottleneck, expert systems are not sufficient in solving process planning problems. Fortunately, AI has developed other techniques that are useful for knowledge acquisition, e.g., neural networks. Neural networks have several advantages over expert systems that are desired in today's manufacturing practice. However, very few neural network applications in process planning have been reported. We present this paper in order to stimulate the research on using neural networks for process planning. This paper also identifies the problems with neural networks and suggests some possible solutions, which will provide some guidelines for research and implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2620, International Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing, (28 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.217528
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Samuel H. Huang, Texas Technological Univ. (United States)
HongChao Zhang, Texas Technological Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2620:
International Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing
Shuzi Yang; Ji Zhou; Cheng-Gang Li, Editor(s)

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