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Tools for configuration and evaluation of lasercells
Author(s): Juergen Spitznagel
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Paper Abstract

To support an expert planning lasercells to advise prospective buyers, the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (IWB) developed a lasercell-planning-system (LaPlaS), which includes tools for configuration and evaluation. Configuration is supported by a database module. Therefore a framework was developed which allows the modeling of lasercells for cutting and welding. Moreover methods to represent knowledge of former plannings were introduced. LaPlaS supports the expert by using this knowledge based data to select matching lasercells or laser components. On the other hand the expert has the possibility to employ his own experience by selecting lasercells or laser components with user defined search criteria. Evaluation is supported by a simulation module. A three dimensional model is used to represent the selected lasercell and to examine the working motion. Data gained from simulation lead to statements about cycle time, collision and motion behavior as well as other evaluation criteria without the need of a real cell. Moreover the simulation module may be used for automatic layout optimization. Therefore functions were developed which generate the optimal lasercell layout based on user defined optimization criteria as minimal cycle time for example.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3102, Rapid Prototyping and Flexible Manufacturing, (25 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281317
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Juergen Spitznagel, Technical Univ. of Munich (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3102:
Rapid Prototyping and Flexible Manufacturing
Rolf-Juergen Ahlers; Gunther Reinhart, Editor(s)

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