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Identifying Common Platform Shape for a Family of Components

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Manojkumar Natarajan, Zahed Siddique

University of Oklahoma

Paper No. IMECE2004-61133, pp. 23-30; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Computers and Information in Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4704-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


To survive in today’s volatile and changing markets, companies are now faced with the problem of providing more customization, greater quality, faster response, more innovative designs and lower prices. New models need to be introduced in the market more frequently, which has given momentum to design product platforms. Use of common components can reduce the design and manufacturing time significantly. Determining commonality among different components is a key to reducing the new product design cycle time. CAD files can be used as a means to measure commonality for a set of similar components. This paper presents a tree-based approach to compare a set of similar 3D CAD models, measure shape commonality and identify the common platform shape. First a mapping of the solid models using the IGES format to IPG (IGES Parametric Graph) has been developed. The IPG, a Labeled Attribute Tree, is used to capture the three dimensional shape and design attributes along with the function of the component. The IPGs are then used to obtain a commonality index and establish a common platform for a set of similar products. The applicability of the method is demonstrated using CAD models of a family of casing. This research can also be applied to identify existing components that can be reused in new products.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
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