A cost-effective knowledge-based reasoning system for design for automation.

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dc.contributor.author Shehab, Essam M. en
dc.contributor.author Abdalla, Hassan en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-24T14:07:57Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-24T14:07:57Z
dc.date.issued 2006-01-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Shehab, E. M. and Abdalla, H. (2006) A cost-effective knowledge-based reasoning system for design for automation. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 220(5), pp. 1-15.
dc.identifier.issn 0954-4054 en
dc.identifier.issn 2041-2975 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/304
dc.description This output presents an approach to design for automation in order to shorten assembly costs and cycle times. Results have been tested on a pilot study at Ericsson (UK) using an Ericsson Mobile Phone Handset and a Scientific Calculator (Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd, Lawn Rd Industrial Estate, Carlton-in-Lindrick, Worksop, S81 9LB - Shaun Hopkinson-shaun.hopkinson@eml.ericsson.se). The pilot study showed Improvements of around 7-10% in assembly costs and cycle times. en
dc.description.abstract Design for assembly automation (DFAA) is an important part of the concurrent engineering strategy for reduction of product manufacturing costs and lead times. An intelligent knowledge-based system (KBS) for design for automation and early cost modelling within a concurrent engineering environment has been developed. This paper focuses upon the development of the design for an assembly automation system. The system framework encompasses an extensive knowledge-based reasoning system, a CAD system, a design analysis for automation module, a design improvement suggestion module, and a user interface. The development process of the system involved three main stages: creating the KBS, developing the design improvement module, and integrating the KBS with the CAD system. The developed system has the capability to: (a) select the most economic assembly technique for the product at an early design stage; (b) estimate the assembly time and cost for manual, automatic, and robotic assembly methods; and (c) analyse the product design for automation and provide the designers with design improvement suggestions of a product to simplify assembly operations without any compromise of the product functionality. The above capabilities of the system have been demonstrated and validated through a real case study.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Professional Engineering Publishing en
dc.subject RAE 2008
dc.subject UoA 28 Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
dc.title A cost-effective knowledge-based reasoning system for design for automation. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/095440554JEM298 en
dc.researchgroup Manufacturing Research

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