The ICMA 2002 showcase of cutting-edge manufacturing technology
Manufacturing Automation: Rapid Response Solutions to Product Development presents the latest research in the field, as presented at the 2002 ICMA conference. Representing the work of leading innovators in industry and academic research, this book provides insight into cutting edge technology and suggest important avenues for future projects. These papers collectively cover all aspects of manufacturing automation, including CAD, CIM, rapid prototyping, industrial robotics, process planning, geometric modeling, feature-based technology, and more.
Professor Nam Pyo Suh Professor Nam P Suh is the Ralph E & Eloise F Cross Professor and Director of the Manufacturing Institute at MIT. He served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT for ten years, from 1991 to 2001. In October 1984, Professor Suh accepted a Presidential Appointment (by Ronald Reagan) at the National Science Foundation where he was in charge of engineering. His contributions to the field of tribology include the delamination theory of wear, the solution wear theory, a theory on the genesis of friction, coated cutting tools, and the use of undulated surfaces to lower friction and wear. His paper on the delamination theory of wear was chosen as the citation classic by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). In the field of design, he developed the subject of axiomatic design. In the field of polymer processing, he invented many important processes and devices, including microcellular plastics (commercially known as MuCell) and many others. In metal processing, he is the inventor of a new metal processing technique called the Mixalloy Process. He is the author of more than 280 papers and five books, holds about fifty patents, and edited several books. Among the books he has authored are Elements of the Mechanical Behavior of Solids (with A P L Turner), Tribophysics, The Principles of Design, The Delamination Theory of Wear, and Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications. Professor Suh is a Series Editor for the Advanced Manufacturing Series and the MIT-Pappalardo Series of Oxford University Press. He was also the Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, and also serves on many editorial boards. Professor Suh has received three honorary doctoral degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters from the Univ. of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1988, Doctor of Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Inst. in 1986, and Honorary Doctor (Tekn. Hedersdoktor) from Royal Inst. of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000. He also received the Gustus L Larson Memorial Award, the Blackall Award, the Best Tribology Paper Award, and the William T Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from ASME; the F W Taylor Research Award of SME; an SPE Best Paper Award; Federal (NSF) Engineer of the Year Award from NSPE; and the American Society for Engineering Education Centennial Medallion. He was also awarded the NSF's Distinguished Service Award. In 1994, he was awarded the KBS Korean Compatriot Award for Scholarly Achievements. He is also the winner of the 1997 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Mensforth International Gold Medal of the Institution of Electrical Engineers of the United Kingdom. In 2001, he received the Hills Millennium Award from the Institution of Engineering Designers of the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of ASME and a member of ASEE, SPE, and AAAS. He is also a Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA), a member of College International pour l'Etude Scientifique des Techniques de Production Mecanique (CIRP), and the Life Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. Professor Suh is an honorary professor at Yanbian Univ. of Science and Technology, China, and an Eminent Visiting Professor at the Korea Advanced Inst. of Science and Technology, Korea. He has been on visiting committees of Georgia Inst. of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, the Texas A&M University, and the Univ. of California - Berkeley. He was a member of the Visiting Committee for the National Inst. of Standards and Technology (a statutory committee) and served on a research award committee of ASEE. Professor Suh also served on advisory committees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and Alcan Aluminum Corp. Professor Suh has served as a consultant for many international and national industrial firms, including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Korea Electric Power Research Inst. Professor Suh was the key architect of the Five-Year (1980-85) Economic Development Plan of the Republic of Korea. Dr Les Piegl Dr Les A Piegl is professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida. His research interests center around geometric computing including such broad fields as Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Computer Graphics, and Software Engineering. His speciality is NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-splines) in which he does basic research as well as commercial grade software development. In 1985 Dr Piegl received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bon-Bad Godesberg, Germany. He also received an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and a Teaching Incentive Program Award, both from the University of South Florida, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. Dr Piegl is the co-author of the text The NURBS Book, published by Springer-Verlag, New York, 1995, 1997. The second edition is in its second printing. Dr Piegl serves as Editor-in-Chief for Computer-Aided Design, an international journal on computer supported design in engineering. Founded in 1968, the journal is now published by Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Professor D T Pham Duc Truong Pham, BE, PhD, DEng (Canterbury, NZ), FREng, FIEE, is Professor of Computer-Controlled Manufacture (appointed in October 1988), Head of the Systems Engineering Division, and Founder Director of the award-winning WDA Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree with First-Class Honours, Doctor of Philosophy degree and Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Between 1979-1988 he was a lecturer in Control Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His work at Birmingham focused on robotics and automation. At Cardiff, his research encompasses the wider areas of intelligent systems and advanced manufacturing engineering. His Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Manufacturing Engineering Centre have over 80 researchers and support personnel conducting externally funded projects on intelligent systems and advanced manufacturing technology. These cover knowledge-based systems for manufacturing design and quality control, robot vision and automated visual inspection systems, neural networks for non-linear systems identification and control, rapid prototyping and tooling, virtual reality, and multimedia intelligent product manuals. The amount of external research grants and contracts he has won for his Laboratory and Centre currently totals [pound]20M. He has produced over 50 PhD graduates, written more than 200 technical papers, co-authored four books and edited four other books in his research areas. His higher doctorate was obtained for published work in the field of systems engineering in the period 1979-1993. He has lectured extensively abroad on his research and has acted as a consultant to several major companies. He is a member of the editorial boards and panels of seven international journals and the editor of the Springer-Verlag Advanced Manufacturing book series. He is the recipient of several prizes including the Sir Joseph Whitworth prize awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1996 and 2001 and the Institution's Thomas Stephens Group Prize in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.