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dc.contributor.advisorDriels, Morris R.
dc.creatorFan, Uei-Jiun
dc.descriptionTypescript (photocopy).en
dc.description.abstractThe adaptive ability of robotic assembly systems is often limited by hardware deficiencies. In order to effectively use the available robotic assembly systems, products need to be designed to accommodate current equipment restraints. In this study, a generalized computer-aided design method has been developed to assist engineers in product design for robotic assembly. To facilitate product design with respect to computer-integrated manufacturing systems and to integrate it into these systems, Group Technology techniques have been embedded for conveying assembly-related information for design analysis. Furthermore, the economic aspects of the robotic assembly systems have been evaluated and justified so that proper assembly costs can be assessed for each product. An example of a check valve assembly has been adopted to demonstrate the efficiency and usefulness of this design tool. A totally new approach based on heuristics for automatically evaluating assemblability of individual manufacturing variable has been discussed. Two important variables, tangling and untangling, which influence part feeding and orienting have been chosen to study the applicability of this approach. A heuristic formula for assessing untanglability has been developed and experimentally validated by "experts" in the design area.en
dc.format.extentx, 170 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectMajor mechanical engineeringen
dc.subject.classification1988 Dissertation F199
dc.subject.lcshGroup technologyen
dc.subject.lcshAssembling machinesen
dc.titleProduct design analysis for robotic assembly using extended Group Technology techniquesen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen Den
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEverett, Louis J.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHan, Min-Kong
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMasory, Oren
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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