Laboratory Development of Process Control

  • Yongseob Lim
  • Ravinder Venugopal
  • A. Galip Ulsoy
Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)


In sheet metal forming processes the blank holder force controls the material flow into the die cavity, which is critical to producing a good part. Process control can be used to adjust the blank holder force in-process based on tracking a reference punch force trajectory to improve part quality and consistency. Key issues in process control include process modeling as well as process controller and reference punch force trajectory design. In this chapter a systematic approach to the design and implementation of a suitable process controller and an optimal reference punch force trajectory is presented. The approach includes the modeling for controller design of the sheet metal forming process, design of the process controller, and determination of the optimal punch force trajectory. Experimental results from U-channel forming on a laboratory forming simulator show that a suitable process controller can be designed through simulation and an optimal reference punch force trajectory can be synthesized through experiments. The proposed development will be useful in designing and implementing process control in sheet metal forming processes as described in subsequent chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongseob Lim
    • 1
  • Ravinder Venugopal
    • 2
  • A. Galip Ulsoy
    • 3
  1. 1.Samsung Techwin RD CenterSeongnam-siRepublic of South Korea
  2. 2.Intellicass IncMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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