Introduction to FMS - concepts, advantages, components and examples of FMS, Distributed Numerical Control (DNC) - Communication between DNC computer and MCU.

Distributed data processing in FMS - Computer network protocols - Interfacing of CAD and CAM - Part programming in FMS tool data base - Clamping devices and fixtures data base, tool management system part alignment and work mounting errors, surface description method for automated design and robotized assembly.

Material Handling systems - ASRS - AGVs – features of industrial robots - robot cell design and control.

Inspection - CMM - incycle gauging - Sensors for robots.

Interfacing of computer - machine tool controllers and handling systems: communications standards - programmable Logic Controllers(PLC's) – Interfacing - Computer aided Project planning - Inventory control


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