Exploratory Workshop on the Social Impacts of Robotics
7. combining the design data with materials specifications and planned output, along with expected scrap rates and waste, to generate pro- curement requirements. As indicated in Figure 1, various other kinds of performance evaluation and control information may also be generated.
By tracing only one direction of such information flows, however, even the preceding impressive array of applications understates the potential benefits of
In fact, all such flows move in both directions.
use them to specialists
explore the relative costs of alternative designs: Manufacturing can evaluate alternative processing sequences and machining in-
Inventory adjustments can be adapted
to accord with production and and manpower availabilities
‘Production Scheduling - & Control
Potential Applications of Design Data Bases
Programs cited above.
have already been developed But few plants are actually
to apply each of the possibilities utilizing many of them on a continuing
rather than an experimental basis.
Despite the clarity of the logic involved,
the development of a functioning system requires confronting very large masses of details and many alternative possibilities at most stages of defining sequential