The development of a Flexible Tool Management Strategy (FTMS) for optimum tool inventory sizing and control of CBN grinding wheels for nickel base alloy turbine blade fabrication is presented. The FTMS is integrated in a Multi-Agent Tool Management System (MATMS) for automatic tool procurement. The MATMS operates in the framework of a negotiation-based multiple-supplier network where a turbine blade producer (customer) requires dressing jobs on worn-out CBN grinding wheels from different external tool manufacturers (suppliers) in a supply network. Test cases of flexible tool management applications are presented to illustrate and assess the FTMS performance.
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