Automated Computer Systems for Manufacturability Analyses and Tooling Design: Applied to the Rotary Draw Bending Process
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Automatiserade Datorsystem för Tillverkningsbarhets-analyser och Verktygskonstruktion : Tillämpat på Dragbockningsprocessen (Swedish)
Intensive competition on the global market puts great pressure on manufacturing companies to develop and produce products that meet requirements from customers and investors. One key factor in meeting these requirements is the efficiency of the product development and the production preparation processes. Design automation is a powerful tool to increase efficiency in these two processes.
The benefits of automating the manufacturability analysis process, a part of the production preparation process, are shortened lead-time, improved product performance, quality assurance, and, ultimately, decreased costs. Further, automation is beneficial as it increases the ability to adapt products to new product specifications with production preparations done in a few or in a single step. During the automation process, knowledge about the manufacturability analysis process is collected and stored in central systems, thus allowing full control over the design of production equipments.
Topics addressed in this thesis include the flexibility of design automation systems, knowledge-bases containing alternative design rules, the automation of the finite element analysis process, manufacturability analysis over several productions steps, and the determination of production limits by looping the automated manufacturability analysis process. These topics are discussed in connection with the rotary draw bending of aluminum profiles.
It is concluded that the concept of design automation can be applied to the manufacturability analysis process at different levels of automation depending on the characteristics of the implemented knowledge. The concept of object orientation should be adapted when implementing a knowledge-base and when developing the geometrical representations of the products. This makes a design automation system flexible enough to edit underlying knowledge and to extend the targeted design space. It is possible to automate the process of setting up, running, and interpreting finite element analyses to a great extent, enabling the design automation system to evaluate its own design proposals. It is also possible to enable such systems to consider sequences of manufacturing steps and loop them to develop decision support guiding engineers early in the design process, saving time and money while still assuring high product quality.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers Reproservice , 2011. , 82 p.
, Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola, ISSN 0346-718X ; 3191
Design For Manufacturability, Design Automation, Rotary Draw Bending, and Knowledge-based Engineering (KBE)
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Other Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15011ISBN: 978-91-7385-510-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-15011DiVA: diva2:416609
2011-04-29, E1405, Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, 10:00 (Swedish)
Sellgren, Ulf, Docent
Sunnersjö, Staffan, Professor
List of papers