Minimizing machining airtime motion with an ant colony algorithm

Abdullah, Haslina and Ramli, Rizauddin and Abd Wahab, Dzuraidah and Abu Qudeiri, Jaber (2016) Minimizing machining airtime motion with an ant colony algorithm. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 10 (1). pp. 161-165. ISSN 1881-803X

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In machining operations, repositioning the cutting tool requires airtime motion of the cutting tool. Minimizing the airtime motion during pocket machining in mass production is important for increasing the efficiencies of the machining process. This paper presents an optimization of airtime motion during contour parallel offset machining by minimizing the tool retraction based on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO). Optimization of the tool retraction is modelled as an application of the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP). To evaluate the performance of ACO, its result for the length of the non-productive tool path is compared with that of conventional computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. It is found that the ACO method produces a non-productive tool path length that is approximately 60% shorter than the conventional method.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-productive tool path length; Ant Colony Optimization; Pocketing
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ1125-1345 Machine shops and machine shop practice
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs. Mashairani Ismail
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 04:22
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 04:22

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