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Configuring Tool Magazines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074439D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Montaudouin, J: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is provided for configuring tool magazines for a manufacturing system where the tools are automatically coupled to the machining device. The tools are held in removable and interchangeable adapters which in turn fit into bored holes in the magazine. The magazine has three rows of bored holes, each row of holes being of a different diameter to accommodate a size range of tool adapters.

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Configuring Tool Magazines

A method is provided for configuring tool magazines for a manufacturing system where the tools are automatically coupled to the machining device. The tools are held in removable and interchangeable adapters which in turn fit into bored holes in the magazine. The magazine has three rows of bored holes, each row of holes being of a different diameter to accommodate a size range of tool adapters.

A part programmer enters into a computer system via an input device, such as a typewriter or punched cards, the tool codes he selects for a particular machining operation. The identities of tool magazines and their contents are stored in the computer system such as on a disk file. The program determines if the tools selected by the part programmer are too many for a magazine, and if not, a pocket sequence is assigned. Otherwise, an error message is printed. The program then checks to see if the pocket sequence is proper, and if not, an error message is printed. The program if no errors exist, then proceeds to analyze data representing the contents and identity of previously created tool magazines and seeks to find an acceptable configuration.

If an existing tool magazine is found which contains all of the tools selected by the part programmer, then a listing is printed, identifying the tool locations and the magazine.

After all magazines are analyzed and no match has been found, the program will identify the magazine which contains most of the sel...