Computer Integrated Controller for Numerically Controlled Machines and Process Tools
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Haskell, RS: AUTHOR [+3]
Disclosed is an Integrated Machine Controller for Numerically Controlled Machines and factory process equipment. The Computer
Computer Integrated Controller for Numerically Controlled
and Process Tools
an Integrated Machine Controller for Numerically
Controlled Machines and factory process equipment. The Computer
Integrated Controller is a system that enables a
organization to precisely control Processes and factory equipment
while providing the factory floor and management with real-time
information regarding manufacturing logistical information.
Integrated Controller can be used on production
equipment such as: Drillers and Routers, Milling and Boring Machines,
Automatic equipment running either a closed or open loop positioning
system, Automated Plating and chemical process equipment.
consists of a PS/2* driving a VME Rack** an
Intelligent Fast Motor Control Unit* (IFMCU) rack, and an Industrial
Input Output unit (I3O***) which adapts all machine and or Process
Sensors to the Integrated System.
Integrated Controller provides a system for machine
control, monitoring, adaptive machine control, statiscal process
control, factory floor logistics, manufacturing volumes, yields,
defect tracking, maintenance activities and the passing of this
information to a factory's mainframe/host computing systems for later
control, monitoring and adaptive controlling is
provided by using air and fluid temperature, flow and pressure
sensors. Soft and hard failure limits are established. When soft
limits are reached which are not endangering the equipment and or
process the controller will adapt to the change by modifying its
output to the machine thereby correcting the situation. A record is
made of all modifications for later analysis.
Process Controls are simplified by the PS/2 based
hardware which permits linking (via LAN) to an on-line Data system
such as ETSS (Enhanced Technical Support System, Copyright IBM).
logistics and information such as volumes,
yields, scrap data and analysis, manufacturing materials usage and
forecasting, product tracking, floor communications and expert
systems are integrated into various software modules to reduce
manufacturing paperwork while increasing availability of information
and daily reporting.
Integrated Controller for Process Tools consists
of the Application and Integration of the following Hardware and
1. Automated Service Processor (ASP).
2. VME Sub-Controller in VME Bus.
3. Intelligent Fast Motor Control Unit (IFMCU).
4. Industrial Input Output (I3O).
5. Machine Sensors.
1. ASP System Software.
2. Microware OS/9 V2.3
3. Machine Application Program.
4. Statistical Process Control package.
5. Expert System
6. Manufacturing Floor Logistics
7. Maintenance Modules.
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