S S V PRASAD VARUPALA
Articles written in Sadhana
Volume 44 Issue 8 August 2019 Article ID 0174
Optimal assembly sequence (OAS) is always an interesting aspect for an industrial engineer to minimize assembly time and cost, which gives number of assembly levels and sequence of assembly operations. An assembly sequence with more number of parallel possible stable sub-assemblies significantly reduces theoverall assembly time for large scale products. Finding such optimal sequences from huge set of all assembly sequences (SAAS) is challenging due to involvement of multiple assembly feasibility validation criteria namely; assembly coherence, geometric feasibility, part stability and mechanical feasibility. In this paper, an efficient computational method is proposed to generate optimal assembly sequences. The method considers extended assembly stability relations to identify stable sub-assemblies for parallel execution. The method is proven ingenerating optimal solutions for any given product effectively. The method is well discussed and compared with prominent computational methods with suitable product illustrations.