Title

Design of assembly systems for modular products

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1997

Journal/Book/Conference Title

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation

Abstract

To respond to the challenge of agile manufacturing, companies are striving to provide a large variety of products at a low cost. Product modularity allows to produce different products by combining standard components. One of the characteristics of modular products is that they share the same assembly operations for a part of their structure. The special structure of modular products provides challenges and opportunities for the design of assembly systems. Given a family of modular products, designing low cost assembly systems is an important problem. In this paper, an approach for the design of assembly systems for modular products is proposed. The assembly system is decomposed into two subsystems based on the structure of modular products. The configuration problem of the assembly system is formulated and solved by a tabu search based algorithm.

Keywords

Sustainability

Published Article/Book Citation

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 13:5 (1997) pp.646-655.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/mie_pubs/63