Synopses & Reviews
This book presents a new design strategy based on a concentric design process. The fundamentals of this new approach are characterised by the fact that the assembly system is parallel and simultaneously developed with the analysis and the possible redesign of the product and the assembly process. Integrated and Simultaneous Design can be defined as a design process carried out in a systematic and structured way, with a parallel and continual iterative interaction between product, process and system design. Opposed to the traditional design methods where different designing activities are carried out sequentially and independently of each other, this new approach enables one to lower the design effort and to speed up the whole design process, hence reducing costs. Several new design models and tools are explained and illustrated. Although the emphasis in this book is on the design of robotic assembly systems, it is an excellent source for the design of arbitrary production systems. The modular approach of the book allows the reader to navigate through the stages of the design process.
About the Author
About the author Dr. Ir. Hubert K. Rampersad is an international consultant in the field of industrial engineering, industrial automation and robotics. He received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Enschede Polytechnic (The Netherlands) and a MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), where he specialised in industrial automation and robotics. He received his PhD degree in 1993 in industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). He has been involved in several projects dealing with concurrent engineering, logistics and industrial automation. He is also the author of about 30 technical articles.
Table of Contents
An Integral Assembly Model.
The Design Process.
Analysis and Redesign of Product and Process.