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CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by JR. - Department of Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University Emory W. Zimmers,, Mikell P. Groover

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Chapter 17Computer-Process Interfacing

17.1 Introduction

In this part of the book we consider how computers are used to control manufacturing processes. In this first chapter, the problem of interfacing the computer with the process is examined. In Chapter 18 we survey the various types of computer process control systems, such as direct digital control (DDC) and supervisory computer control. Chapter 19 is concerned with the technology of quality inspection and quality control by means of computers. Finally, Chapter 20 presents a good example of computer process control in manufacturing by examining computer-integrated manufacturing systems.

To be useful,the computer must be capable of communicating with its environment.In a data processing ...

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