Design Automation Systems for Production Preparation
Intensive competition on the global market puts great pressure on manufacturing companies to develop and produce products that meet requirements from customers and investors. One key factor in meeting these requirements is the efficiency of the product development and the production preparation process. Design automation is a powerful tool to increase efficiency in these two processes.
The benefits of automating the production preparation process are shortened led-time, improved product performance, and ultimately decreased cost. Further, utomation is beneficial as it increases the ability to adapt products to new product specifications with production preparations done in few or in a single step. During the automation process, knowledge about the production preparation process is collected and stored in central systems, thus allowing full control over the design of production equipments.
Three main topics are addressed in this thesis: the flexibility of design automation systems, knowledge bases containing conflicting rules, and the automation of the finite element analysis process. These three topics are discussed in connection with the production preparation process of rotary draw bending.
One conclusion drawn from the research is that it is possible to apply the concept of design automation to the production preparation process at different levels of automation depending on characteristics of the implemented knowledge. In order to make design automation systems as flexible as possible, the concept of object orientation should be adapted when building the knowledge base and when building the products geometrical representations. It is possible to automate the process of setting up, running, and
interpreting finite element analyses to a great extent and making the automated finite element analysis process a part of the global design automation system.
Keywords: Design automation, Rotary draw bending, Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE), and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Rotary draw bending
and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE)