Reverse engineering of machining operation planning
International Journal of Production Research
Computer-aided process planning (CAPP) is becoming increasingly crucial to today's computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) and rapid production. To automate the process planning, feature-based operation planning systems have been suggested and studied extensively. In such a system, given a machining feature, the operator requires practical machining operation data for the feature. In this research, a system of reverse engineering is proposed to extract machining features and their associated machining operation data. Furthermore, a machining know-how database containing the extracted data is created for future operation planning. Since successful NC programs contain the machining know-how of skilled workers, the system is aimed at extracting the machining know-how data from the NC programs through reverse engineering. The extraction of the machining features and feature topologies has been addressed previously. The present paper deals with the extraction of machining operation data, including operation sequence, cutting conditions, machining type and cutting mode. A prototype of the system is developed and a machining know-how database is generated. The extraction of machining features and their associated machining operations has been verified through a variety of NC programs.
Reverse engineering of machining operation planning.
International Journal of Production Research, 39(9), 1837–1849.