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Computer-assisted manufacturing process optimization with neural networks

: Westkämper, E.; Schmidt, T.


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing 9 (1998), No.4, pp.289-294
ISSN: 0956-5515
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
neuronales Netzwerk; Prozeßkette; Evolutionärer Algorithmus; Evolutionary algorithms; process optimization; Fertigungsprozeß; Optimierung

Today's manufacturing methods are caught between the growing need for quality, high process safety, minimal manufacturing costs, and short manufacturing times. In order to meet these demands, process setting parameters have to be chosen in the best possible way, according to demand on quality. For such optimization it is necessary to represent the processes in a model. Due to the enormous complexity of many processes and the high number of influencing parameters, however, conventional approaches to modelling and optimization are no longer sufficient. In this article it is shown how, by means of applying neural networks for process modelling, even these highly complex interdependencies can be learned. That way both process and quality parameters can be assessed before or during processing. By connecting them with corresponding cost models, it is possible to optimize processes with the help of evolutionary algorithms. Using examples of different manufacturing processes, the possibilities for process modelling and optimization with neural networks and evolutionary algorithms are demonstrated.