Design of assembly lines is a knowledge intensive process relying significantly on experience of designers and engineers, lessons learned and complex sets of rules. This complicated design process is associated with high costs, long lead times and high probability of risks and reworks. Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) and knowledge representation techniques are considered to be a successful way to tackle this design problem. This paper presents a methodology to support the configuration of assembly lines, mitigating risks and costs by introducing a best practice for global production systems provider companies. A set of system engineering rules is extracted from interviews and domain best practices and knowledge about product domain and design process is formalized. These rules will be implemented in a user-friendly platform allowing the design of first phase line layout by taking the defined system requirements (e.g. cycle time) as input. Then, the KBE approach is extended to a specific case study taken from the powertrain sector. Here, the collected knowledge on an assembly line and its design process is presented.

Feasibility of an assembly line layout automatic configuration based on a KBE approach

COLOMBO, GIORGIO;FURINI, FRANCESCO
2014

Abstract

Design of assembly lines is a knowledge intensive process relying significantly on experience of designers and engineers, lessons learned and complex sets of rules. This complicated design process is associated with high costs, long lead times and high probability of risks and reworks. Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) and knowledge representation techniques are considered to be a successful way to tackle this design problem. This paper presents a methodology to support the configuration of assembly lines, mitigating risks and costs by introducing a best practice for global production systems provider companies. A set of system engineering rules is extracted from interviews and domain best practices and knowledge about product domain and design process is formalized. These rules will be implemented in a user-friendly platform allowing the design of first phase line layout by taking the defined system requirements (e.g. cycle time) as input. Then, the KBE approach is extended to a specific case study taken from the powertrain sector. Here, the collected knowledge on an assembly line and its design process is presented.
Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, ICIDM 2014
9781479962709
9781479962709
Assembly Line; Design Automation; Knowledge Based Engineering; Powertrain Systems; Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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