We develop expert systems or artificial intelligence systems which use sophisticated algorithms to select proper components from a myriad of choices by simply entering answers to simple questions. Once the answers are provided the program goes about evaluating the rules to determine the proper solution. This is far more than a simple table look-up. It ranks solutions when there are more than one and bases the ranking on the rules. Drawings, specifications and prices are commonly part of the solution
Gear Shift Lever Design Example
Expert System Developed For Eaton Corporation By Mitchell Selling Dynamics, Inc.
Expert System Objective:
The objective of this Expert System is to allow users to select simple choices from available options and allow the computer to construct a drawing and create machining parameters for computer driven machines to manufacture the truck gear shift lever from a solid, straight piece of steel.
This PC based version of the Lever Program runs out of Microsoft Access. This version (1.0) of the Program requires that Access 97 be installed on the Workstation computers that will use the program.
The application is divided into three parts:
Lever Program Expert System Main Menu
The Main Menu provides access to all of the features of the program. The Main Menu consists of a group of nine buttons as shown in the figure below.
Customer Information Screen
The customer information screen allows Eaton to store information about the customers company and the customers employees. There is additional information that can be stored and functionality that is helpful to Eaton to keep track of what is going on with the customer.
Lever Data Screen
This screen shows the choices that can be selected by the user to allow the Expert System to construct the drawing and create the machining parameters.
Drawing Created By The Expert System
The Expert System uses the information from the selected options and constructs the drawing and creates the machining parameters.
To view an Expert System on the internet click on the following link: Web Expert System.
Typical Expert Systems
Tooling package selection
This type of Expert System involved over 500 hours of programming time and installation visits.
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