Development of Hardware and Software for Machine Control Applications

  • G. D. Alford
Conference paper


The author has produced a number of programs for controlling a variety of machines, including machine-tools and industrial robots. Several different microcomputers have been employed in writing this software, usually in machine code in order to:-
  • make the program transportable

  • allow faster speed of operation

  • and reduce the cost of the final system.

However in using machine code, particularly in the teaching situation, systems have to be developed to:-
  • make the process more user-friendly

  • give good testing and editing facilities

  • reduce the development time

  • and prepare appropriate firmware.

This paper describes the methods employed in developing such systems and summarizes:-
  • actual machine control applications

  • software aids employed

  • ancillary hardware produced

  • and necessary interfaces involved.


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  1. 1.
    Alford, G. D. Machine-Code Program for Controlling and Industrial Robot. Engineering Software for Microcomputers P.711 Ed. BA Schrefler, R. W. Lewis, S. A. Odorizzi, Pineridge Press 1984.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Alford, G. D. CAD/CAM Programs for a Microcomputer. 4th Polytechnics Symposium on Manufacturing Engineering P.350 City of Birmingham Polytechnic 1984.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Alford, G. D. and Chadwick J. G. A High-Level Robot Language. Conference on Computer-Aided Engineering P.79 IEE Conference Pub. No. 243 1984.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. D. Alford
    • 1
  1. 1.Teesside PolytechnicClevelandUK

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