This paper addresses the development of an expert system for concurrent product design and assembly planning (CDAPFAES) including conceptual design, detailed design, assemblability analysis and design for assembly, assembly system design, assembly process planning and stimulation, and technical-economics justification. This approach is implemented through an agent-based framework with concurrent integration of multiple cooperative knowledge sources and software. This intelligent system can offer systematic assistance for assembly design and planning in the early stage of product development and facilitate, as far as possible, the use of flexible assembly equipment, including robots. Finally, this new design methodology is illustrated with a successful implementation of a switch product design.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering