Present State and Future Trends in the Development of Programming Languages for Manufacturing
For the development of programming languages, or in a broader sense, of software tools and languages, a milestone has been reached in two distinct areas, namely factory-information processing and factory automation. Many excellent but specialized tools and languages have been developed to date. The emphasis has been to custom design software for many activities in manufacturing such as production control, factor data collection, material handling and process control.
This paper discusses software for numerical control of machine tools, robots, process control and for conventional data processing purposes. Until to date, the languages and computers for these applications have been developed independently. For this reason it is very difficult to design a homogeneous computer integrated manufacturing system. The future modernization of factories will strongly be influenced by the development of general purpose programming languages and compatible computing systems. Furthermore, the controls of processing equipment have to be made computer compatible. For the factory of the ninetieth, expert systems will be available which perform the majority of all routine tasks.
KeywordsMachine Tool Programming Language Expert System Tool Path Flexible Manufacturing System
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