Title: Integration of EDM within a CIM environment
Authors: De Vries, MF
Duffie, NA
Kruth, Jean-Pierre
Dauw, Dirk #
Issue Date: 1990
Publisher: Technische Rundschau Edition Colibri LTD
Series Title: CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology vol:39 issue:2 pages:665-672
Abstract: This paper has as its focus the integration of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) within a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) environment. Clearly, the induction of EDM into advanced manufacturing system with high levels of computer integration and automated material handling has progressed at a much slower rate than the integration of conventional machining processes such as milling and turning. However, recent developments in communications, controls and CAD/CAM system for EDM have created the potential for bringing EDM into the mainstream of automated machining operations in modern manufacturing systems.

Following a brief review of CIM, the paper shows that EDM is a very promising candidate for integration within a CIM environment because of its intrinsic process control and intelligence when compared to many traditional processing techniques. Examples of several rather complete experimental EDM/CIM systems set up within research facilities are described. Conclusions are drawn based upon the experiences gathered to date with these experimental systems.
ISSN: 0007-8506
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section
# (joint) last author

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