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PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATION: THE FUTURE OF COMPUTERS IN MANUFACTURING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128627D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-16
Document File: 11 page(s) / 43K

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Software Patent Institute

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Robert H. Anderson: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This report is the first in a series of Information Sciences Institute Re-search Reports on Programmable Automation. This series will present research results from a study currently in progress on advanced, computer-based automa-tion of discrete product manufacture. The goats of this study are to: (1) evalu-ate the technological feasibility of significant advancements in computer-based automation of discrete product manufacture; (2) evaluate the economic impact on DOD, the military, and the U.S. economy derived from implementation of those advancements; (3) define the development program required to achieve those advancements, areas to be addressed and resources required; (4) perform R&D on innovative solutions for some components of the development program for Department of Defense consideration. This work is supported by the Ad-vanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) under Contract DAHC 15-72-C-0308.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATION: THE FUTURE OF COMPUTERS IN MANUFACTURING

Robert H. Anderson

ARPA ORDER NO. 2223/1

ISIIRR-73-2 March 1973. INFORMATION SCIENCES INSTITUTE 4676 Admiralty T~aylMarina del Reyl California 90291 UNIVERSITY of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA fT77 (213) 822-1511

THIS RESEARCH IS SUPPORTED BY THE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY UNDER CONTRACT NO. DAHC15 72 C 0308, ARPA ORDER NO. 2223/ 1. PROGRAM CODE NO. 3D30 AND 3PT0. VIEWS AND CONCLUSIONS CONTAINED IN THIS STUDY ARE THE AUTHOR'S AND SHOULD NOT BE INTERPRETED AS REPRESENTING THE OFFICIAL OPINION OR POLICY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OIL ANY OTHER PERSON OR AGENCY CONNECTED WITH IT.

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PREFACE

This report is the first in a series of Information Sciences Institute Re-search Reports on Programmable Automation. This series will present research results from a study currently in progress on advanced, computer-based automa-tion of discrete product manufacture. The goats of this study are to: (1) evalu-ate the technological feasibility of significant advancements in computer-based automation of discrete product manufacture; (2) evaluate the economic impact on DOD, the military, and the U.S. economy derived from implementation of those advancements; (3) define the development program required to achieve those advancements, areas to be addressed and resources required; (4) perform R&D on innovative solutions for some components of the development program for Department of Defense consideration. This work is supported by the Ad-vanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) under Contract DAHC 15-72-C-0308.

This first report provides an overview of the concept of programmable automation. It was written for publication in Datamation Magazine. (The article appeared in the December, 1972 issue.)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This paper is based on an evaluation of advanced automation initially conducted at The Rand Corporation and being continued at the USC Informa-tion Sciences Institute. The author would like to acknowledge contributions to the study made by Dr. Gabriel Groner, William Sibley, and Darien Roseen of ,The Rand Corporation; by T. O. Ellis and Dr. Nake Kamrany of the Insti-tute; and by A. F. Brewer, a consultant to the study. PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATION: THE FUTURE OF COMPUTERS IN MANUFACTURING Robert H . Anderson Probably the most explosive growth area for the application of informa-tion sciences during the next decade is in computer-based automation of the manufacturing process. All aspects of manufacture -- design,

University of Southern California Page 1 Dec 31, 1973

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PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATION: THE FUTURE OF COMPUTERS IN MANUFACTURING

prototyping, production engineering, part forming, assembly, inspection, material transfer and storage -- will increasingly become directly controlled by computers. Furthermore, computer control will b...