This paper introduces a current effort in the application of an open architecture (OA) control system in precision machining at Berkeley’s Laboratory for Manufacturing Automation (LMA). In the first part of this paper, issues in precision machining relative to the application of OA control systems and a higher level framework for conceptualizing the integration of a precision manufacturing process using an existing OA manufacturing scheme is proposed. In the second part, the first level of implementation of an open architecture controller system on a single point diamond turning machine is presented.

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