Rao T. Gali

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

First Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard E. Munsterman

Third Advisor

Dr. Frederick Chen

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) has a key role in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) as an interface between design and manufacturing. Current CAPP systems treat process planning as a static function, and always generate the same machine and process combinations. Thus, these CAPP systems are inadequate for advanced manufacturing facilities such as Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS). This thesis presents research conducted for the design and development of a CAPP system called Alternative Computer Aided Process Planning (A-CAPP) which generates alternative process plans by interacting with production planning and machine loading functions to satisfy system capacity constraints.

A-CAPP is a variant approach based process planning system and it uses 21-digit KK-3 code as its input. Two salient features of the A-CAPP system are: (1) it interacts with production planning functions and (2) it generates alternative process plans. This A-CAPP system exemplifies the feasibility of the proposed system.