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Automated Coordinate Measuring Machine Inspection Planning Knowledge Capture and Formalization

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Dimitrios Anagnostakis

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University,
Riccarton Campus,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
e-mail: da178@hw.ac.uk

James Ritchie

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University,
Riccarton Campus,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
e-mail: J.M.Ritchie@hw.ac.uk

Theodore Lim

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University,
Riccarton Campus,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
e-mail: T.Lim@hw.ac.uk

Raymond Sung

Renishaw plc,
Research Park North,
Riccarton,
Edinburgh EH14 4AP, UK
e-mail: Ray.Sung@Renishaw.com

Richard Dewar

Renishaw plc,
Research Park North,
Riccarton,
Edinburgh EH14 4AP, UK
e-mail: Rick.Dewar@Renishaw.com

Contributed by the Computers and Information Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received October 15, 2017; final manuscript received January 23, 2018; published online June 12, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Jitesh H. Panchal.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 18(3), 031005 (Jun 12, 2018) (12 pages) Paper No: JCISE-17-1228; doi: 10.1115/1.4039194 History: Received October 15, 2017; Revised January 23, 2018

Capturing the strategy followed during a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) inspection planning session has been an extremely challenging issue due to the time-consuming nature of traditional methods, such as interviewing experts and technical documents data mining. This paper presents a methodology demonstrating how a motion capture-based system can facilitate direct and nonintrusive CMM operator logging for capturing planning strategies and representing in knowledge formats. With the use of recorded motion data, embedded knowledge and expertise can be captured automatically and formalized in various formats such as motion trajectory graphs, inspection plans, integrated definition (IDEF) model diagrams, and other representations. Additionally, a part program can be generated for driving a CMM to execute component measurement. The system's outputs can be used to help understand how a CMM inspection strategy is planned, as well as training aids for inexperienced operators and the rapid generation of part programs.

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Schematic diagram of proposed methodology

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Inspection stylus and tablet analog

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Procedure to follow in a planning session

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Strategic activity of planning task

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Trajectory segments of probing points

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Strategic activity of different subtasks

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Different view angles of user strategic activity

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Collision-free generated inspection path based on captured user strategy

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Coordinate measuring machine part program automatically generated by the system

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Integrated definition diagram of part alignment activity

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Integrated definition diagram of tolerance inspection activity

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Text instructions representation of captured user strategy

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Screenshots of annotated video clips with subtitles

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Storyboard representation

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