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Theory and Design of CNC Systems


Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Principles and NCK Design of CNC Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 33-67
    3. Pages 69-106
    4. Pages 157-185
    5. Pages 187-226
  3. Open-architectural Soft CNC Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Pages 271-314
    3. Pages 315-352
    4. Pages 395-430
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 431-455

About this book


Computer Numerical Control (CNC) controllers, working as a brain for manufacturing automation, are high value-added products counting for over 30% of the price of machine tools. CNC technology is generally considered as a measure for the level of manufacturing technology of a nation. Often referred to as "The Flower of Industrial Technology", the development of CNC technology depends upon the integration of technologies from computer, hardware, machining, and other industries, and requires strategic long-term support, mostly on a governmental level.

Theory and Design of CNC Systems covers the elements of control, the design of control systems, and modern open-architecture control systems. Topics covered include Numerical Control Kernel (NCK) design of CNC, Programmable Logic Control (PLC), and the Man-Machine Interface (MMI), as well as the major modules for the development of conversational programming methods. The concepts and primary elements of STEP-NC are also introduced.

A collaboration of several authors with considerable experience in CNC development, education, and research, Theory and Design of CNC Systems is a highly focused textbook on the principles and development technologies of CNC controllers, which can also be used as a guide for those working on CNC development in industry.


Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Tool Control STEP-NC architecture control design development programmable logic controller programming

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical & Industrial EngineeringPohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)PohangKorea, Republic of
  2. 2.K&S International Patent and Law FirmSeoulKorea, Republic of
  3. 3.Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.Gyeongnam-DoKorea, Republic of
  4. 4.École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

About the authors

Suk-Hwan Suh is a professor within the School of Industrial Engineering at POSTECH. He has been a project analyst for the Hyundai Motor Company and worked in various universities in the USA, France and Australia. His research interests are unbiquitous manufacturing and management for extended product life cycle; international standard information technology global cooperation & conformance; and e-manufacturing for STEP-NC, intelligent shop floor, MES, ERP.

Seong-Kyoon Kang currently works for K&S International Patents in Seoul.

Dae-Hyuk Chung is based in Changwon, Korea, working for Doosan Infracore, Ltd.

Dr Ian Stroud is first assistant at the Laboratoire des outils Informatiques por la Conception et la Production en mécanique at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Based on numerous new references and on own experience, the authors present this reference work in the field of Computerized Numerical Control (CNC). … a good guide for all specialists and students interested in the design and exploitation of CNC systems." (Sergiu T. Chiriacescu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1166, 2009)