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The idea to create the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) was born in 1979 as NBS scientists realized the significance to American industry of a factory in which every part could be made automatically, with no rejects and little scrap. The concept had several components: careful analysis of the manufacturing process to reduce errors in materials treatment to acceptable levels; generation of manufacturing protocols involving robotics and humans within a generic system; and development of interfacing methods to permit the use of optimum efficiency in the choice of equipment, control computers, and software. In 1981 the AMRF received both congressional funding as a new NBS initiative and financial support from a U.S. Navy program in manufacturing technology. Together, these funds allowed construction of the facility as an adjunct to the NBS Instrument Shop. [From: Responding to National Needs by James F. Schooley, p. 621]

 

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