Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Professor H.A. ElMaraghy
Two important deficiencies have been identified for the integration of CAD and automated process planning. These deficiencies stem from the lack of a uniform representation scheme of pans and products, and an effective communication for CAD and process planning. This thesis presents a new approach and original knowledge regarding the integration and individual aspects of feature-based design, cellular manufacturing planning, inspection planning and assembly sequence planning.
A high-level new language called Feature-based Design Description Language (FDDL) has been proposed and designed with a feature representation scheme. Its syntax, semantics and vocabulary have been defined with consideration given to the user, the engineering terminology, and the computer implementation. The FDDL system consists of a number of lexical analyzers, a parser and three code generators. Once the products or parts modeled by the FDDL, or by a feature-based modeler, are processed using the FDDL system, inputs are created for manufacturing tasks planning systems.
A feature-based modeling and manufacturing tasks planning system has been designed and implemented, and consists of a prototype of a feature-based modeler, the FDDL system, a feature-based cellular manufacturing planning system, a feature-based automated inspection task planner, and a prototype assembly sequence planner. The prototype feature-based modeler is used to model components using features. All expert tolerancing consultant module has been included in the modeler to assist the user. Cellular manufacturing planning deals with group formation and parts assignment to cells. A clustering-based optimization approach has been proposed and implemented for the formation of machine cells and part families. A feature-based assignment system has been developed to integrate the feature-based design and the formed cells. Automata and pattern recognition techniques, in combination with manufacturing knowledge, are used in the system. The feature-based inspection planner has been developed to integrate the feature-based design and a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). Original inspection strategies and knowledge have been developed for CMM, based on the analysis of CMM characteristics, tolerancing theories, features representation, part structure and geometry. A knowledge-based approach has been presented to integrate CAD with the assembly sequence planning. A prototype of such an assembly sequence planner has been developed for generating the assembly sequence for products from the design directly.
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