Manufacturing Processes: The RfD Taxonomy
A Similarities View
A core concept of the RfD technology is its ability to organize the vast array of manufacturing processes into a hierarchy (taxonomy) that classifies the processes into similar groups. The classification starts from the broadest differences in processes - shaping or nonshaping - and continues through many levels.
The final result is groups of highly similar processes that use the same technology to achieve different machining results. For example, single-point cutting technology to achieve turning or boring. Or, highly similar process results that use different technologies. For example, torch cutting with air arc, gas, or plasma technology.
It is the data structure of this taxonomy that enables the RfD technology to calculate all the similarities measurements produced in Supplier Discovery - similarity of supplier capability to an OEM's requirements, similarity of two suppliers, process clouds, etc.
How-to Use Taxonomy Path
Presented below is the full manufacturing process taxonomy currently implemented by the RfD technology. The gold/orange text represents process classifications and the green text represents the "end node" (most detailed) process descriptions.
All elements in the RfD taxonomy are links to an article page that provides an expanded description and examples of the process.
Todd, Allen and Alting. "Manufacturing Processes Reference Guide". 1994.