ABSTRACT: An integration strategy for assembly sequence planning and sequence scheme evaluation is proposed. This strategy can be used
to plan a reasonable assembly sequence, to optimize a sequence scheme, and to predict whether a collision will occur between
the assembly tool and assembled components by considering factors like target components and assembly resources.
A hybrid method is presented for assembly sequence modeling that combines human-computer interactive operations to manually
build a hierarchical assembly sequence main model and a hybrid graph method to automatically generate sub-assembly sequence
schemes of the main model. An optimization algorithm based on time-cost is introduced to handle a best candidate components
selection. This relieves the problem of limited capability found when handling large size assembly models with traditional
methods. The essential issues involved in system implementation are discussed as well; these include a representation method
for the assembly consequence model, an optimization model of assembly sequence planning, and an object-oriented system architecture
model employed with multi-agent technology for visually evaluating the assembling process.
This system, KM computer-aided assembly process planning, KMCAAPP, has been developed on the basis of our previous work, KMCAD3;
KMCAAPP uses the presented approach. KMCAAPP can be integrated with CAD model from KMCAD3D. A case study shows that the presented
approach can use large CAD assembly models and delivers a feasible and effective way to integrate the assembly sequence planning
process with scheme evaluation by visually evaluating the assembling process. This allows the identification of design errors
in a timely manner and mitigates economic loss.
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 10/2005; 27(1):96-105. · 1.10 Impact Factor