1994 Volume 42 Issue 6 Pages 26-30
Lack of systematic education on production systems might undermine human infrastructures of Japanese industries. As production engineers support the current production systems and their development, the education is indispensable that gives students the knowledge and practices on the fundamentals of production systems, their reality and their leading technologies. We developed in our campus of Chuo University an autonomous distributed type factory system that consists of an NC machining center, an NC lathe, an industrial robot, an AGV and other equipments. Using the system, education and practices are performed not only on the basic components of production systems but also on the methodologies such as centralized production, autonomous distributed production using data carrier, and anthropocentric production based on programmable control panels.