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Selection of process plans in automated manufacturing systems

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2 Author(s)
Kusiak, A. ; Dept. of Ind. & Manage. Eng., Iowa Univ., Iowa City, IA, USA ; Finke, G.

Most of the planning models for automated manufacturing systems are based on the assumption that for each part there is only one process plan available. A more realistic point of view is taken that for each part a number of different process plans are generated, each of which may require specific types of tools and auxiliary devices such as fixtures, grippers, and feeders. A model for the selection of a set of process plans with the minimum corresponding manufacturing cost and minimal number of tools and auxiliary devices is formulated. The developed model for m parts is equivalent to the problem of finding the maximum clique in an m-partite graph with the minimum corresponding cost. Heuristic algorithms and numerical results are discussed

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )