Toward an intelligent machine tool for flexible manufacturing

Mark L. Nagurka, Paul J. Englert

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The need to manufacture accurate and inexpensive components in small batches has spurred the development of flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs). This paper reviews the basic components of FMSs and describes efforts currently underway at Carnegie-Mellon University to create an autonomous machine tool for the factory of the future. The machine tool would operate under computer control for part handling (manipulation), part fixturing, and metal cutting. This work argues for model-based engineering approaches integrated with expert systems that attempt to encapsulate the craftsmanships skills of human expert machinists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-236
Number of pages8
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mathematics (all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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