2.875 Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product Development, Fall 2002
Author(s)Whitney, Daniel E.
Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product Development
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Introduces mechanical and economic models of assemblies and assembly automation on two levels. "Assembly in the small" comprises basic engineering models of rigid and compliant part mating and explains the operation of the Remote Center Compliance. "Assembly in the large" takes a system view of assembly, including the notion of product architecture, feature-based design and computer models of assemblies, analysis of mechanical constraint, assembly sequence analysis, tolerances, system-level design for assembly and JIT methods, and economics of assembly automation. Case studies and current research included. Class exercises and homework include analyses of real assemblies, the mechanics of part mating, and a semester long project.
mechanical assembly,, product development,, assembly automation,, rigid part mating,, compliant part mating,, remote center compliance,, product architecture,, feature-based design,, assembly sequence analysis,, mechanical constraint analysis,, tolerances,, system-level design for assembly,, JIT methods,, economics of assembly automation,, mass customization,, management of variety,, product family strategies, Assembling machines
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