A Formal Planning Model for Case-Based Process Planning
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
of this paper
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
Case-based reasoning provides an attractive paradigm for process planning
as it combines the generative and variant approaches and improves the
effectiveness of the planner by applying old
experiences to solving new planning problems.
Our research focuses on the development of a new case-based planning
methodology that extends
the capability and effectiveness of previous approaches.
The planner, called CBPOP,
is based on domain-independent partial-order
planning, and provides a formal approach to case-based process planning.
In addition, the planner has the capability to use pieces of
multiple old plans in the process of constructing a new plan, providing more
effective utilization of the planner's previous experiences.
CBPOP generates plans for the features of a part (eg: slots, pockets, holes,
etc.) independently. These feature plans are then merged using a
hierarchical plan merging mechanism we have developed. The objective of
this plan merging is to generate a global process plan for the part while
minimizing the number of fixture and tool changes.