Special Issue on Process Machine Interactions
Machining, such as cutting, grinding and polishing, is involved in the production of many industrial parts as one of manufacturing’s most important processes. Some of the parts are made directly by machining, and many other parts are mass-produced indirectly by machining through dies and molds. The accuracy of these components thus depends strongly on the machining process.
Machining is not an easy process, of course, since it generates large force and heat. Although machine tools are controlled to move precisely, the force and heat cause practical problems such as vibration, the displacement and deformation to mechanical structures, failure and wear in tools, errors of machining, measurement and control, etc. In many cases, these problems adversely affect or even change the process, which may cause further problems.
It is difficult but necessary to understand these mutual interactions to solve the problems and improve the machining process itself.
This special issue contains interesting papers that help answer important questions in machining, including the control, monitoring, simulation, and development of new fabrication processes. These papers promise to help improve machining accuracy and efficiency and to realize fully automated machining in the future.
We thank the authors for their insightful contributions and the reviewers for their invaluable advice that have made this special issue both fascinating and worthwhile.