Advances in Manufacturing Technology XV

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 2002




Rigelsford, J. (2002), "Advances in Manufacturing Technology XV", Assembly Automation, Vol. 22 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2002, MCB UP Limited

Advances in Manufacturing Technology XV

Advances in Manufacturing Technology XV

D. T. Pham, S. S. Dimov and V. O’Hagan (Eds)Professional Engineering Publishing2001487 pp.ISBN 1-86058-325-3£289.00 (hardback)

Keywords: Manufacturing, Technology

This book comprises the proceedings of the 17th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, held at Cardiff University, UK on the 4th-6th September 2001. These conferences present recent developments and trends in all aspects of manufacturing, engineering, systems, and management, and act as a national forum for the dissemination of leading academic and industrial research.

“Advances in Manufacturing Technology XV” contains over 80 papers divided into 11 sections. The first section contains three Keynote Papers which discuss “Forming Processes and Simulation”, “Rapid Manufacturing” and “UK Manufacturing – we can make it better: the report and findings of the Foresight Manufacturing 2020 Panel”.

Section 2, Management, comprises seven papers which present topics including “A conceptual ICT maturity model for supply chain management” and “A complex systems approach to sustainable manufacturing operations”. The following two sections address Design and Product Development, and Manufacturing Technology, respectively. Papers presented in these sections include: “Parametric assembly design”, “Integrating case-based reasoning and hypermedia documentation for intelligent product support”, “Improvement of the surface finish of multi-axis milled surfaces” and “Deflection compensation modelling in machining of complex low-rigidity parts”.

“Rapid prototyping and tooling for molded pulp packaging” and “Rapid manufacturing of ceramic parts” are amongst the six papers presented in Section 5, Layer Manufacturing Processes. Section 6, CAD/CAM, addresses topics including “The development of valid CAD models from point-cloud data” and “A study of some reverse engineering software”, while “Managing engineering change via the new concept of feature elasticity” and “Dynamic scheduling – a knowledge-based system approach” are amongst the seven papers presented in Process Planning and Scheduling.

Section 8, Business Process Re-engineering, includes papers discussing “Responsive manufacturing in the automotive industry”, “Information models for the global manufacturing enterprise” and “Micro factor retailing – a radical new product, manufacturing and marketing strategy for the automotive industry”.

“The application of lean principles to the design and implementation of manufacturing cells” and “Design of a configurable manufacturing system” are amongst the 15 papers presented in Section 9, Manufacturing Systems. The final sections of the book address Measurement and Inspection, and Robotics, respectively. Papers presented include “Image noise analysis on a vision- based co-ordinate measuring machine” and “Optimization of the cycle time in a robotic workcell using genetic algorithms”.

Overall, this book is a comprehensive reference text which will be of interest to managers, academics and industrialists who are interested in developing world-class manufacturing operations.

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