A Foundation for Integrating Hand Held Mobile Devices in a Computer Aided Manufacturing Environment
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Hand held mobile devices have become ubiquitous information processing tools. This paper explores foundational work related to a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system based on a mobile device networked to a server PC and CNC machine tools. The system combines process planning techniques to overcome the limited graphical interface capabilities of many mobile devices. Numerical control (NC) code generation is executed on the server PC to leverage the extensive, mature tool path generation algorithms and post-processing capabilities of existing CAM software. Limited CAM mobile device applications presently exist in the industrial domain, but they are starting to be developed. However, none leverage process planning logic and existing CAM tools.
Keywords:Hand held mobile devices computer integrated manufacturing
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