Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are a category of machining tools that are computer driven and controlled, and are as such, complicated in nature and function. Hence, analyzing and controlling a CNC machine’s overall reliability may be difficult. The traditional approach is to decompose the major system into its subcomponents or parts. This, however, is regarded as not being an accurate method for a CNC machine tool, since it encompasses a dynamic working process. This chapter proposes a meta-action unit (MU) as the basic analysis and control unit, the resulting combined motion effect of which is believed to optimize the CNC’s overall function and performance by improving each meta-action’s reliability. An overview of reliability technology based on meta-action is introduced.
Part of the book: Reliability and Maintenance