A Framework for Automatic Tool Selection in Integrated CAPP for Sheet Metal Bending
Sheet metal bending is a metal forming process, in which flat sheets are bent along straight bend lines in a specific bending sequence to form three-dimensional parts. A large number of tools with different characteristics can be used in this process. The task to choose the right tooling for a requested sheet metal part is however one of the bottle necks in process planning. An inefficient tool selection may result in failure of finding a feasible bending sequence. In previous work, methodologies for tool selection and optimization have been proposed. The presented paper describes a framework to implement these methodologies into a system that allows automatic tool selection in consistent consideration of bend sequencing. As a result, automated and optimized tool selection for sheet metal bending is achieved, as illustrated by performance test results for a robust software implementation.
M. Geiger, J. Duflou, H.J.J. Kals, B. Shirvani and U.P. Singh
T.H.M. Nguyen et al., "A Framework for Automatic Tool Selection in Integrated CAPP for Sheet Metal Bending", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 6-8, pp. 287-294, 2005