Nowadays, in a period of stagnation and economic crisis, the continuous improvement of the production technologies in order to optimize economic, energetic and productive resources is crucial. The increase in efficiency, measured in terms of cost reduction, is therefore a key problem that requires the attention of more and more companies and researchers. In particular, the productivity of a machining system and its related costs depend on the setup of the machining parameters. This choice plays a key role when the machining material is expensive, the production batch has a limited size and the tool to be used is new: typical examples are the aircraft and die/mold industries. In order to optimally setup a machine, the study of the tool life according to the material and the machining parameters is critical. The expression of the tool life could be estimated using an appropriate experimental campaign, which should have a limited size in order to reduce the experimental costs. This approach becomes of primary importance when the production is not in series where the costs can be spread over a large number of pieces. The aim of this paper is to propose a new methodology that stops the experimental campaign as soon as the expected gain in carrying on the experimentation does not justify the marginal cost of experimentation. To prove our idea, a simple problem from the well-known turning cutting condition optimization is used and the optimization technique Response Surface Methodology is selected.

An Economical Approach to Stop an Experimental Campaign with the Aim of Reducing Cost

BERETTA, ALESSIA;CACACE, STEFANIA;SEMERARO, QUIRICO
2015

Abstract

Nowadays, in a period of stagnation and economic crisis, the continuous improvement of the production technologies in order to optimize economic, energetic and productive resources is crucial. The increase in efficiency, measured in terms of cost reduction, is therefore a key problem that requires the attention of more and more companies and researchers. In particular, the productivity of a machining system and its related costs depend on the setup of the machining parameters. This choice plays a key role when the machining material is expensive, the production batch has a limited size and the tool to be used is new: typical examples are the aircraft and die/mold industries. In order to optimally setup a machine, the study of the tool life according to the material and the machining parameters is critical. The expression of the tool life could be estimated using an appropriate experimental campaign, which should have a limited size in order to reduce the experimental costs. This approach becomes of primary importance when the production is not in series where the costs can be spread over a large number of pieces. The aim of this paper is to propose a new methodology that stops the experimental campaign as soon as the expected gain in carrying on the experimentation does not justify the marginal cost of experimentation. To prove our idea, a simple problem from the well-known turning cutting condition optimization is used and the optimization technique Response Surface Methodology is selected.
Proceedings of the 48th CIRP Conference on MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS
Economic stopping rules, Optimal cutting condition, Response surface methodology
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