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Computer-aided process planning – A critical review of recent developments and future trends

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For the past three decades, computer-aided process planning (CAPP) has attracted a large amount of research interest. A huge volume of literature has been published on this subject. Today, CAPP research faces new challenges owing to the dynamic markets and business globalisation. Thus, there is an urgent need to ascertain the current status and identify future trends of CAPP. Covering articles published on the subjects of CAPP in the past 10 years or so, this article aims to provide an up-to-date review of the CAPP research works, a critical analysis of journals that publish CAPP research works, and an understanding of the future direction in the field. First, general information is provided on CAPP. The past reviews are summarised. Discussions about the recent CAPP research are presented in a number of categories, i.e. feature-based technologies, knowledge-based systems, artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy set theory and fuzzy logic, Petri nets, agent-based technology, Internet-based technology, STEP-compliant CAPP and other emerging technologies. Research on some specific aspects of CAPP is also provided. Discussions and analysis of the methods are then presented based on the data gathered from the Elsevier's Scopus abstract and citation database. The concepts of ‘Subject Strength’ of a journal and ‘technology impact factor’ are introduced and used for discussions based on the publication data. The former is used to gauge the level of focus of a journal on a particular research subject/domain, whereas the latter is used to assess the level of impact of a particular technology, in terms of citation counts. Finally, a discussion on the future development is presented.
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Keywords: CAPP; features; machining process; operation; planning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Mechanical Engineering,School of Engineering, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019Auckland1142, New Zealand 2: Virtual Systems Research Centre,University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, 541 28 SkövdeSweden 3: Department of Mechanical Engineering,University of Bath, BathBA2 7AY, United Kingdom

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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