Date of Award

Spring 1994

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

The Productivity Programming Philosophy has developed through years of completing highly successful CNC system installations. This philosophy consists of concurrent manufacturing system design and Computer Numeric Control program coding as well as control settings. It results in dramatic productivity increases. Effectivity is maximized through further considerations of the manufacturing systems production environment and economics. The scope of this thesis is to first provide general background information on the thesis subject and related technologies. The manufacturing system design procedure is introduced. Details and examples are discussed of how this procedure is applied to horizontal machining centers. Case study results are given. The productivity programming coding and control setting technique is detailed with numerous examples of how this technique is applied. The interrelated nature of manufacturing system design and productivity programming is discussed. Their concurrent consideration results in the Productivity Programming Philosophy. Changes in part programming techniques and programs are covered. Three case study system productivity increases are provided. General economic analysis and effectivity changes are explained. This thesis provides the reader with a structured, flexible philosophy which can be applied to nearly any modem machine tool. The full array of presented examples and extraordinary results should stimulate creativity and motivation for branching out beyond traditional, conventional system design and programming techniques. Those who excel in this type of engeneering will provide their organizations with highly competitive capabilities. Industry wide $90,000,000,000.00 savings are available.

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