Offered Every Spring

Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: ME 6222 or equivalent, or with the consent of the instructor
Catalog Description: Fundamentals of process planning. Automated process planning approaches and algorithms. Geometric modeling for process planning. Modeling and analysis of flexible fixturing systems. Mechanical assembly planning.
Textbooks: None
Instructors: Shreyes Melkote
References: T.-C. Chang, Expert Process Planning for Manufacturing, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1990.
G. Boothroyd and W.A. Knight, Fundamentals of Machining and Machine Tools, Marcel Dekker Inc. 1989.
P.K. Wright and D.A. Bourne, Manufacturing Intelligence, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1988.

This course will introduce students to

  • the fundamental elements of manufacturing process planning,
  • a quantitative approach for process planning at the unit process level using analytical methods and tools, and
  • current research issues and future directions in process planning automation.
Prerequisites by topics: Basic knowledge of typical manufacturing processes such as machining, casting, bulk deformation, etc
  • Introduction
  • Taxonomy of manufacturing
  • Basic concepts of process planning
  • Need for automated process planning systems
    • Manufacturing Process Planning Approaches
      • Group Technology
      • Variant process planning
      • Generative process planning
      • Knowledge-based process planning
    • Part Geometry Representation and Processing
      • Mathematical/computer representation of rigid solids
      • Geometric query algorithms
      • Spatial reasoning, shape recognition, and manipulation of objects
    • Macro Process Planning - Application to Machined Parts
      • Review of common machining processes
      • Accessibility of manufacturing features
      • Workpiece Set-up planning
      • Operations sequencing methods
      • Process and machine selection
    • Fixturing/Workholding Methods and Principles
      • Conventional and flexible fixturing methods
      • Kinematic and force analysis of fixtures
      • Synthesis of optimal fixture plans
      • Fixturing analysis for compliant parts
    • Micro Process Planning - Application to Machined Parts
      • Advanced process models for prediction of machining performance
      • Process optimization
      • Optimum tool path planning algorithms
      • Analysis of Part-process-workholding design trade-off
  • Survey of Automated Process Planning Systems
    • Introduction to Mechanical Assembly Planning
      • Fundamentals of assembly processes
      • Assembly planning algorithms
      • Modeling and analysis of grasping and manipulation of objects
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